On Tuesday, November 10th Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced pig farmers impacted by COVID-19 supply chain back-ups may be eligible for cost-share funds available for COVID-19 related losses.
The MDA’s Hog Depopulation Cost-Share program is available to provide financial assistance to pig farmers that had to depopulate pigs being raised in Minnesota. Pig farmers includes both independent growers and integrators. Funding for this cost-share program is through the CARES Act and is part of the $7.7 million plan announced earlier by Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan to support agricultural producers, meat processors, and farmers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To be eligible, pigs must have been depopulated between March 2, 2020 and September 30, 2020. Depopulation must have been performed under the guidance of an accredited veterinarian.
Applications are due December 1, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.
Pig farmers are encouraged to apply using MDA’s online application system. Documents needed for application include:
- Completed cost-share application form, including premise identification number (PIN)
- Veterinarian’s Hog Depopulation Program Certification
- IRS Form W-9