Farm Service Agency offers help to farmers affected by this week's heavy rains

Farmers who were adversely affected by the recent heavy rains may be eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

FSA offers disaster assistance to assist producers in their recovery efforts following the recent heavy rains and flooding. Available programs include:

n Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)—For producers with NAP coverage, NAP provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur. Producers with coverage must immediately notify the office of losses.

n Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)—This program offers payments to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality because of adverse weather.

n Tree Assistance Program (TAP)—TAP provides assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers for qualifying tree, shrub and vine losses caused by natural disaster

n Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency relief for losses such as honeybee colony and hive losses and pasture where animals were forced off because of flood waters.

To establish or retain FSA program eligibility, most losses must be reported to the office within 15 days of the loss becoming apparent. For more information on these programs please contact, as applicable, the Calumet County office at 920-849-3570, extension 2; the Manitowoc County office at 920-683-5119, extension 2; or the Sheboygan County office at 920-467-9917, extension 2; or visit https://www.farmers.gov/recover.

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