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Disaster aid available for Minnesota producers

More than $350,000 in disaster assistance is being sent to Minnesota livestock, honeybee and farm-raised fish producers that suffered losses in 2009 because of disease, adverse weather or other conditions.

The aid will come from the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), according to USDA Farm Service Agency's Minnesota State Executive Director Linda Hennen.

"The 2009 funds for ELAP are an effective way to assist producers in recovering from disaster events, such as blizzards and wildfires, not adequately covered by any other disaster program," said Hennen.

Other disaster assistance programs covered by the 2008 Farm Bill disaster assistance payment program are the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), and Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program.

ELAP benefits related to 2010 losses are expected to be issued in early 2011. For additional background on ELAP, visit http://www.fsa.

For more information about USDA Farm Service Agency disaster assistance programs, visit or contact your county's Farm Service Agency.