Processing capacity has increased, but the challenges continue for pork producers. Iowa pig farmers forced to euthanize and dispose of market-ready and weaned pigs because of supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 are now eligible for a fourth round of Iowa Disposal Assistance Program (IDAP) funding.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced on Monday that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is continuing the IDAP to support Iowa farmers.
“Iowa is the largest producer of pork and egg products and our farmers have been unduly affected by supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Secretary Naig said in a release. “The disposal assistance program is just one way the state is trying to help producers through this very difficult time.”
Extremely difficult decisions have been made by many farmers over the past several months as COVID-19-related worker shortages caused meat processing facilities to shutter or reduce production. Although pork producers donated to food security programs benefiting Iowa food banks and pantries, changed animals’ diets to slow the rate of growth and explored other markets to sell their products, many were forced to make the difficult decision to euthanize animals.
IDAP Round Four Eligibility
The following Iowa pork producers can now apply for round four disposal assistance:
1. Pork producers who euthanized and properly disposed of market-ready hogs between June 23 and July 20, 2020. Eligible producers may receive $40 per market-ready hog (weighing at least 225 pounds).
2. Pork producers who euthanized and properly disposed of weaned pigs between May 1 and July 20, 2020. Each approved applicant may receive $4 per weaned pig (up to 25 pounds).
Eligible producers must apply by 11:59 p.m./CT on Aug. 6, at iowaagriculture.gov/idap. All producers must provide the appropriate documentation, including proof of proper disposal and an affidavit from their herd veterinarian confirming impending welfare issues, in order to receive funding. All paperwork must be received by the Department of Agriculture by 11:59 p.m./CT on Aug. 14, the release said.
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