The US Department of Agriculture is giving livestock and poultry producers additional time to apply for the Pandemic Livestock Compensation Program.
Producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing can now apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulating and disposing of animals until October 12, 2021, rather than by the original deadline of September 17, 2021.
PLIP is part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance Initiative for Growers.
“Livestock and poultry producers have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic,” said Zach Ducheneaux, administrator of the Farm Service Agency. âWe want to make sure that all eligible producers have the opportunity to apply for this essential aid. The deadline of October 12 also aligns with the deadline for the Coronavirus 2 Food Assistance Program. â
PLIP makes payments to producers for losses of livestock or depopulated poultry from March 1, 2020 to December 26, 2020, due to insufficient access to processing due to the pandemic. Payments are based on 80% of the fair market value of the animals and for the cost of slaughter and disposal. Eligible livestock and poultry include pigs, chickens and turkeys.
PLIP payments are calculated by multiplying the number of eligible cattle or poultry by the per head payment rate, then subtracting the amount of any payment that the eligible poultry owner’s livestock received for disposal under the scheme. Natural Resources Conservation Service environmental quality incentive program or a state program. Payments will also be reduced from any coronavirus food aid program 1 or 2 payments paid out of the same inventory.
Eligible producers can apply for PLIP until October 12 by completing the FSA-620 PLIP application and submitting it to any FSA county office. Additional documents may be required. Visit farms.gov/plip for more information.
Other programs under the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative with upcoming deadlines include:
â¢ October 12 – Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, which provides essential support to agricultural producers affected by COVID-19 market disruptions.
â¢ October 15 – Pandemic Assistance for Loggers and Transporters, which provides financial assistance to logging and hauling businesses that experience losses in 2020 due to COVID-19.
For more information, visit farms.gov/pandemic-assistance.
To learn more about USDA’s commitment to provide financial assistance to farmers, ranchers, agricultural producers, and businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 market disruption, visit farmer.gov / pandemic-assistance.
“USDA is transforming the US food system with a greater emphasis on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe and nutritious food in all communities,” a recent department statement read, “Building new markets and income streams for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and capacity. clean energy in rural America, and a commitment to department-wide equity by removing systemic barriers and creating a workforce more representative of America.