AHC WASHINGTON UPDATE -- AUGUST 3, 2012 -- On August 2, the House passed the Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012. The bill would provide assistance to livestock producers impacted by the drought conditions affecting much of the country, including horse breeding farms and ranches. The bill must now be approved by the Senate.
The bill would reauthorize several disaster aid programs for livestock producers that expired last year; the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Livestock Forage Program (LFP), and the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP). These programs are administrated by the USDA Farm Service Administration and compensation livestock producers for the loss of animals from natural disasters and help producers who have lost grazing land from drought pay for feed.
Farms and ranches that breed, raise, and sale horses as a business and are in declared disaster areas would be eligible for these programs. Horses kept exclusively for racing, showing or recreation would not qualify.
Both the House and Senate have now left for the August "recess." It is unclear when or whether the Senate will take action on this bill. The larger five year Farm Bill currently working its way through Congress would also reauthorize these programs, however Congress has be unable to reach an agreement on that bill.
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