The Emergency Assistance for Honeybees Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible honeybee producers who have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions including colony collapse disorder.
Eligible honeybee losses include loss of purchased feed due to an eligible adverse weather event, cost of additional feed purchased above normal quantities due to an eligible adverse weather condition, colony losses in excess of normal mortality due to an eligible weather event or loss condition, including colony collapse disorder, and hive losses due to eligible adverse weather.
Eligible losses must be able to be documented and losses due to colony collapse disorder must be able to be substantiated by a knowledgeable third party.
Producers who suffer eligible honeybee losses must file a notice of loss the earlier of 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent or by November 1, 2016.
Producers or other interested parties in Calumet and Manitowoc Counties should contact the Manitowoc Farm Service Agency Office at 920-683-5119, ext. 2 with any questions or program eligibility requirements.