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FSA to open pandemic livestock indemnity program next week

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will soon take applications for pandemic livestock indemnity program.

Farm Service Agency offices will soon start taking applications for the pandemic livestock indemnity program.

It’s for livestock and poultry producers who suffered losses during the pandemic from insufficient access to processing. They can apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals.

Livestock and poultry producers can apply for assistance through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) starting next Tuesday, July 20 through Friday Sept. 17, 2021.

Eligible livestock and poultry include swine, chickens and turkeys, but pork producers are expected to be the primary recipients of the assistance.

USDA has set aside up to $50 million in pandemic assistance funds to provide additional assistance for small hog producers that use the spot market or negotiate prices.

Statement from House Ag Committee Chairman David Scott

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