The Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency announced Thursday it will be extending the application date for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP) to Oct. 12 for livestock and poultry producers.

The original deadline for the program was set for Sept. 17. 

PLIP pays producers 80% of the market value of livestock depopulated between March 1 and Dec. 26 of last year and also pays the costs of depopulation and disposal.

“Livestock and poultry producers were among the hardest hit by the pandemic,” FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux said in a release. “We want to ensure that all eligible producers have the opportunity to apply for this critical assistance. The Oct. 12 deadline also aligns with the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 deadline.” 

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Producers interested in applying for assistance can do so by filling out an application and submitting it to their FSA county office. According to the release, they may be required to present additional documentation.

Producers looking to participate in other FSA pandemic assistance programs will need to apply soon. The application period for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 and the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers program will close on Oct. 12 and Oct. 15, respectively.

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