USDA to Begin Accepting Applications for Expanded ELAP on July 1 to Aid Dairy Producers Affected by H5N1 Outbreak

By Trish Svoboda

On Monday, July 1, USDA will start accepting applications through its updated Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) to assist eligible dairy producers who suffered milk losses due to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1infection) among their dairy herds.

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) expanded the ELAP through the rule-making process to assist with a portion of financial losses resulting from reduced milk production when cattle are removed from commercial milking in dairy herds with a confirmed positive H5N1 test. These positive test results must be confirmed by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL).

The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency relief to eligible producers to assist with losses due to disease, adverse weather, or other conditions, such as wildfires, that are not covered by other FSA disaster assistance programs.

“USDA remains committed to working with producers, state veterinarians, animal health professionals, and our federal partners as we continue to detect the presence of H5N1 in dairy herds and take additional measures to contain the spread of the disease,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “When something unexpected, like H5N1, threatens the economic viability of the producers we serve, we are committed to finding ways, where we have the authority to do so, to revisit existing program policies and provide the financial support needed to help producers recover and sustain production.” To find out eligibility and application information, visit USDA’s website.

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