Did you haul feed or livestock to graze during the drought? Check out ELAP.

Due to the persistent drought conditions in the Great Plains and West, the  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering additional relief through the Emergency Assistance for  Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) to help ranchers cover above normal costs of  hauling livestock to forage or other grazing acres. This policy enhancement complements previously announced ELAP compensation for hauling feed to livestock. ELAP livestock and feed hauling assistance is  retroactive for 2021 and will be available for losses in 2022 and subsequent years.

The deadline to request ELAP assistance for hauling livestock to forage in 2021 is June  30, 2022. The deadline to request all ELAP assistance for 2022 calendar year losses will be Jan. 31, 2023. Producers apply through their local Farm Service Agency office. Learn more and find a payment estimate tool on the program webpage.