American Indian Livestock Feed Program; Livestock Assistance Program
This regulation sets forth the terms and conditions of the 2003/2004 American Indian Livestock Feed Program (AILFP). Assistance will be available to eligible livestock producers for livestock feed crop years 2003 or 2004 whose eligible livestock occupied tribal- governed land at the time of a natural disaster in an area where a significant loss of livestock feed has occurred, creating a livestock feed emergency, as determined by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). Eligible producers can receive benefits for livestock feed crop year 2003, or 2004, but not both. Eligible tribal-governed land must be located in a primary county or counties that have received an emergency declaration by the President or emergency designation by the Secretary of Agriculture on or after January 1, 2003, for losses occurring in calendar year 2003, or calendar year 2004. Although the Presidential declarations and Secretarial designations were issued for natural disasters in those calendar years, tribal governments may request an initial 90-day feeding period and up to three 90-day extensions that extend from the beginning of a livestock feed crop year, to the end of that same livestock feed crop year. Further, livestock owners who sold eligible livestock as a direct result of natural disaster shall report those livestock as owned through the end of the production year (livestock feed crop year) in order to mitigate the livestock owner's losses. This rule is intended to implement legislation and assist affected producers in overcoming the effects of drought. In addition, this rule provides technical revisions for the Livestock Assistance Program regulations.
2004 Dairy Disaster Assistance Payment Program
This proposed rule invites comments on a new program, the 2004 Dairy Disaster Assistance Payment Program, as authorized by the Military Construction Appropriations and Emergency Hurricane Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2005. The proposed program will provide up to $10 million in assistance for producers in counties declared a disaster by the President in 2004 due to hurricanes. Payments would be made for losses in the three month period, August- October 2004, only. This action is designed to provide financial assistance to producers who suffered dairy production and milk spoilage losses due to hurricanes in 2004.