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More Assistance for Livestock Producers on the Way
USAgNet - 07/19/2021

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled additional assistance for livestock farmers who suffered COVID-related losses due to reductions in harvest capacity.

The Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP), authorized by the FY2021 appropriations package enacted in December 2020, will provide more than $300 million in payments, the majority of which is expected to be directed to pork producers.

Livestock producers can begin to apply for PLIP funding beginning July 20. The application deadline is Sept. 17, 2021.

The PLIP is the result of NPPC advocacy last year that included legislation passed by Congress in December authorizing USDA to implement the program.

Additionally, Secretary Vilsack announced $50 million in funding to develop a program specifically to assist small pork producers who relied primarily on spot transactions during the pandemic. Details are expected later this summer.

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