USDA emergency relief programs well underway

MINBURN, IOWA – With funding from the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) implemented the Livestock Emergency Assistance Program (ELRP) and the Emergency Aid Programs (ERP), both of which have already started for the benefit of producers.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that to date, agricultural producers have received $4 billion in ERP payments, with 67% of the more than $6 billion to be paid under the first phase. from the program. Additionally, eligible livestock producers have received ELRP payments totaling more than $590 million since the program launched in late March.

“We recognize that the need for financial turnaround is significant and have worked deliberately to create a program delivery process that would ensure prompt payments to producers,” Vilsack said. “I am extremely proud to share that the strategically streamlined ERP application and program implementation process has delivered the desired results – reduced charges and accelerated payments for approximately 120,000 disaster-affected agricultural producers, to date. .”

The Expanding Government Funding and Providing Emergency Relief Act, approved by the Biden administration in 2021, provides $10 billion to help agricultural producers affected by wildfires, droughts, hurricanes, winter storms and other qualifying disasters experienced in calendar years 2020 and 2021, including $750. million are allocated to breeders.

The ERP and ELRP will be conducted in two phases, with the first phase using existing claims data from the Uninsured Farm Disaster Assistance Program to provide rapid relief, and the second phase aimed at ensuring that producers not covered by other programs receive assistance.

In May, the USDA sent pre-populated applications to crop insurance growers who suffered losses from natural disasters in 2020 and 2021. Commodity and specialty crop growers have until July 22 to submit their requests.

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