USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is considering ways to harmonize the way producers are compensated by the department for losses of livestock and poultry.

APHIS provides payments to producers for animals that must be destroyed during a disease outbreak, including birds and eggs eliminated as a result of avian flu.

In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, APHIS says it will work with the Farm Service Agency and other agencies to better coordinate the values used for determining indemnity payments. The values would then be posted online every year.

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“The current regulations for valuing animals for indemnification vary from species to species and, in some cases, from disease to disease within the same species,” according to a statement by APHIS.

APHIS also is considering an approach for standardizing rules for having appraisals done when indemnity values cannot be calculated based on USDA tables or when producers appeal the department’s value on the basis of unusual circumstances.

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