Tuesday, Oct. 12, is the deadline for two grant programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program is for producers who suffered losses during the pandemic because of a lack of market access. PLIP is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.

PLIP provides payments to producers for losses of livestock or poultry depopulated from March 1, 2020, through Dec. 26, 2020, due to insufficient processing access as a result of the pandemic. Payments are based on 80% of the fair market value of the livestock and poultry and for the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animal. Eligible livestock and poultry include swine, chickens and turkeys.

PLIP payments are calculated by multiplying the number of head of eligible livestock or poultry by the payment rate per head, and then subtracting the amount of any payments the eligible livestock or poultry owner has received for disposal of the livestock or poultry under the Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program or a state program. The payments will also be reduced by any Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments paid on the same inventory of swine that were depopulated.

Eligible livestock and poultry producers can apply by completing the FSA-620, Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program application, and submitting it to any Farm Service Agency county office. Additional documentation may be required. Visit farmers.gov/plip for more information on how to apply.

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Oct. 12 also is the deadline for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, designed to support both livestock and row crop producers impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions.

In August, USDA announced updates to the program including additional eligible commodities and flexibility to payment calculations for sales-based commodities and eligible livestock and poultry contract producers.

You can access a full list of all eligible and ineligible commodities outlined by payment category at farmers.gov/cfap/commodities.