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LDAF Announces Deadline for Producers Seeking Disaster Assistance

September 7, 2008

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry announced today that all producers who wish to become eligible in 2008 for the Farm Service Agency’s Supplemental Agriculture Disaster Programs must visit their local parish FSA office and fill out the proper forms by September 16.

To be eligible for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP), Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Programs or Tree Assistance Program (TAP), producers must purchase at least catastrophic risk protection (CAT) level of crop insurance for all insurable crops and/or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage for non-insurable crops.

Therefore, for the 2008 crop year only, producers who were eligible to obtain at least CAT level crop insurance or NAP, but did not, can "buy-in" to be eligible to participate in the applicable Supplemental Agriculture Disaster Assistance programs by paying the administrative fee that would have been applicable if the producer had timely applied for CAT or NAP.

The buy-in fees do not provide any CAT crop insurance coverage or NAP coverage but do allow producers to gain eligibility to participate in the applicable Supplemental Agriculture Disaster Assistance programs.

For the latest information on the recovery from Hurricane Gustav, visit or call the state’s emergency hotline at 1-866-288-2484 to listen to a recorded message with the most up-to-date information.