Livestock and poultry producers who depopulated from March 1-Dec. 26, 2020 due to insufficient access to processing may be eligible for assistance.

USDA’s Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program, announced this week by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, will compensate eligible producers for 80% of both the loss of the livestock or poultry and for the cost of depopulation and disposal based on a single payment rate per head.

Packers, live poultry dealers and contract growers are not eligible for the program.

Any payments the producer has received for disposal under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Coronavirus Food Assistance Programs or a state program will be substracted.

There is no per person or legal entity payment limitation but the average adjusted gross income must be less than $900,000 for tax years 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Applications may be completed at Farm Service Agency offices July 20-Sept. 17.