USDA Extends Deadline to Request Pandemic Help From Cattlemen – Ohio Ag Net
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants additional time to livestock and poultry producers to apply for the Pandemic Livestock Compensation Program (PLIP). 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 for producers initiative.
“Livestock and poultry producers have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic,” said Zach Ducheneaux, administrator of the Farm Service Agency (FSA). “We want to make sure that all eligible producers have the opportunity to apply for this essential aid. The October 12 deadline also aligns with the Coronavirus 2 Food Aid Program Deadline. ”
PLIP makes payments to producers for losses of livestock or poultry depopulated 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 livestock and poultry and the cost of slaughter and disposal of the animal. Eligible livestock and poultry include pigs, chickens and turkeys.
PLIP payments are calculated by multiplying the number of eligible livestock or poultry head by the per head payment rate, then subtracting the amount of any payment the eligible livestock or poultry owner received for the disposal of the livestock. or poultry as part of the Conservation of natural resources. Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) or state program. Payments will also be reduced by any Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (COFOG 1 and 2) payments paid out of the same inventory of pigs that have been depopulated.
Eligible livestock and poultry producers can apply for the PLIP until the deadline of October 12, 2021 by completing Form FSA-620, Livestock Pandemic Compensation Program, and submitting it to any which FSA county office. Additional documents may be required. Visit farmers.gov/plip for more information on how to apply.
Other programs under the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative with upcoming deadlines include:
• October 12 – Food aid program against coronavirus 2, which provides essential support to agricultural producers affected by market disruptions linked to COVID-19.
• October 15 – Assistance in the event of a pandemic for loggers and transporters, which provides financial assistance to timber harvesting and transportation companies that suffered losses in 2020 due to COVID-19.
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 agriculturists.gov/pandemic-assistance.