ELAP Payments are Imminent

NADeFA is pleased to report that ELAP disaster payments for EHD are imminent.
 
Deer farmers who have applied for EHD/Bluetongue disaster payments under the ELAP program should start watching for a direct deposit in the next three to four business days. When payments are received, please contact NADeFA Executive Director Shawn Schafer so NADeFA can better track the progress and efficiency of the program.
 
While the losses to hemorrhagic disease in recent years are tough to replace, this disaster program will go a long way towards filling those gaps. Total claims for all species went slightly over the $20 million limit for 2012, reducing the payments to 90 percent of the maximum. While 2013 was not as bad of a year for the farmed cervid industry, it was a tough year for many other species (thousands of cattle killed in the October blizzard), resulting in payments being lowered to 68 percent of the maximum.  
 
Approximately 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program with Honeybees making up more than half of the applicants. Under ‘livestock’ for 2012 ELAP, 114 farmed cervid producers claimed deer death losses totaling $1,126,941 before applying the national payment factor of 90 percent. This equates to $1,020,895 in payments after applying the factor. 
 
2013 was not as bad for many deer farmers, with only 84 farmed cervid producers applying for deer death losses totaling $458,486. When you apply the national payment factor of 68 percent this equates to $313,854 in payments. Deer producers received approximately 1.6 percent of the 2013 ELAP payments, and the $1,334,749 issued in payments will go a long way towards healing those losses.

NADeFA expresses its sincere thanks to the members who have traveled to Washington D.C. every year for the annual ‘industry fly-in.’ Their work and determination added EHD/Bluetongue under the disaster program and defined farmed cervids under livestock that are eligible to participate in such federal programs.

“I also would like to thank our national lobbyist, Capitol Hill Consulting Group, for working diligently to make all this possible,” adds Shawn Schafer, executive director of NADeFA. “When you couple the ELAP payments with the $3 million for the cervid Health line in the USDA budget (over $1 million was paid out for CWD indemnity in 2014), that is more than $4 million dedicated to farmed cervids thanks to our national lobbying program.”