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USDA releases details of the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program

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The USDA has released the details of its new Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program for producers who suffered losses during the supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19. 

To be eligible, depopulation of poultry or livestock must have been due to insufficient processing access resulting from the pandemic and taken place from March 1, 2020 to December 26, 2020.  Payments will compensate eligible producers for 80% of the loss of eligible 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 PLIP.

Any previous payment received for the disposal of animals under a state program, or the USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program will be subtracted from the final PLIP payment amount.  Payments will also be reduced by any CFAP 1 and CFAP 2 payments paid on the same inventory of swine that was depopulated. 

To be eligible for PLIP, an individual or legal entity must:

  • Have had legal ownership associated with the livestock or poultry as of the day of depopulation. Please note that packers, live poultry dealers, and contract growers are not eligible for PLIP.
  • Have an average adjusted gross income (AGI) of less than $900,000 for tax years 2016, 2017, and 2018. For joint ventures and general partnerships, this AGI provision will be applied to individual members.
  • Comply with provisions of the “Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation” regulations, often called the conservation compliance provisions. These will be addressed via form AD-1026 during the application process.
  • Not have a controlled substance violation.
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien.
  • Submit a complete PLIP application form (FSA-620) and provide all required documentation. The below section details all documents required to apply for PLIP.

Signup began July 20, 2021 and runs through September 17, 2021.  Producers can apply by working directly with the Farm Service Agency office, and producers with an eAuthentication account can apply online

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