Starting Tuesday, USDA’s Farm Service Agency will start taking applications to reimburse hog and poultry producers who euthanized animals during COVID. The Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program offers payments to livestock producers based on 80 percent of the fair market value. Also, for costs of depopulating and disposing of animals. Minnesota producers were hit hard during the pandemic, losing more than 350,000 hogs. Minnesota Pork Producers Association CEO David Preisler was at the National Pork Industry Conference as the announcement was made. “The response was muted,” said Preisler. “There are details that need clarified. This includes the establishment of an animal’s value, the fact payments already received from the state will be subtracted. Then, income limits.” Preisler doesn’t expect every farm to participate, due to eligibility. Sign-up is open July 20 through September 17.
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