(May 27, 2020) Illinois Pork Producers Association and Illinois Farm Bureau have partnered to fund a grant for pork producers facing unexpected pork disposal costs during this difficult time. Find the application here.
PRODUCER CALL CENTER NOW LIVE
IPPA now offers a customer service hotline for producers to call or text with questions related to pork and the COVID-19 crisis.
You can call from 8 am - 5 pm, Monday-Friday or text 24/7.
HOTLINE TO CALL/TEXT: 217-393-8498
(May 8, 2020) In conjunction with the Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Beef Association and the Illinois Milk Producers’ Association, as well as with Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), IFB has been working to find regulatory relief for livestock farmers faced with the difficult decision to depopulate. Late on May 7, an emergency rulemaking went into effect that offers:
- Flexibility around a 24-hour timeframe,
- Flexibility around transportation, and
- Flexibility around on-farm burial and composting.
Emergency Livestock Mortality Management
IDOA has released guidance and provided additional resources for livestock producers regarding emergency depopulation and disposal.
(April 27, 2020)USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) also has helpful tools and resource for Carcass Management available on their website.
(April 24, 2020) USDA APHIS Establishing Coordination Center to Assist Producers Affected by Meat Processing Plant Closures
(April 24, 2020) Reviewing Expected Benefits of Dairy Revenue Protection and Dairy Margin Coverage
(April 30, 2020) 4 things to consider before you begin depopulation:
- Weigh your options with regard to methods and any efficiency or safety constraints.
- Consulted your herd veterinarian and state animal health official to develop a plan together.
- Review environmental regulations and seek out guidance and financial assistance.
- Don’t try to do this on your own – reach out to the above resources and species-specific resources.
(April 30, 2020) Make sure you have registered your farm with Dun & Bradstreet and SAM before depopulation. The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act requires entity recipients of federal financial assistance to have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and to maintain current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) database (formerly CCR).
(May 4, 2020) Some livestock farms may need to increase the number of animal units over the permitted stocking rate at an individual facility. If you are considering overstocking as a temporary option, and you are a pork producer, you can contact Mike Borgic (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on necessary steps. If you raise other livestock, please reach out to Tasha Bunting (email@example.com) for details on necessary steps. Both IDOA and IEPA expect all facilities to continue to operate in a manner that protects the public and the environment. To that end, if you have issues you are concerned about regarding environmental compliance, please contact Lauren Lurkins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(May 1, 2020) USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the availability of EQIP funding to assist producers facing mortality management issues. NRCS offices are ready to receive producer phone calls. You can find the fact sheet here. Please note that the funding is based on a cap of $25,000 per practice, which include rendering, landfill, incineration, burial, and a catch all other than can include composting. The total funding for the support at this point is $2 million, but additional funding may be added based on need.
The program is open to pork producers, but also to beef and dairy if the need is there as well. Applications will be ranked and financial decisions made quickly. Two-week batching periods of applications will begin on May 8. Call your NRCS office to apply.
(April 28, 2020) President Trump announced an Executive Order invoking the Defense Production Act with Respect to Food Supply Chain Resources.
(April 28, 2020) The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued interim guidance for Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers. This guidance includes:
- Screening employees for the coronavirus before they enter work facilities and managing employees who are showing symptoms of coronavirus,
- Cleaning tools regularly,
- Requiring that personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn,
- Requiring social distancing, and
- Appropriate engineering, administrative and work practice controls should also be applied throughout the facilities.
(April 14, 2020) Emergency Milk Disposal
The unprecedented situation of school, food service, and restaurant closures has led to a milk surplus in certain areas, which may force some dairy farmers to find a method for emergency milk disposal. If a farm is faced with this situation, several factors should be considered including storage capacity, ability to apply, and environmental impacts.
When a farm disposes of milk, records of all disposal events must be kept. During the Covid-19 crisis, the Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMO) are requiring processors to pay farmers the lowest class price (usually Class IV) for dumped milk, if the milk is historically associated with a FMMO.
Additionally, farmers who participate in Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) or Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy (LGM-Dairy) programs are required to market an amount of milk that is proportionate to the amount of insurance coverage they have purchased. The Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced plans to update requirements regarding marketed milk to ensure the policy functions as intended without inadvertently reducing indemnity when forced to dispose of milk produced. RMA has authorized Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to count dumped milk towards the milk marketings (for DRP) or actual marketings (for LGM-Dairy) regardless of whether the milk was sold for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year.
Farms with questions on disposal can contact Tasha Bunting, email@example.com for additional resources and information.
Monitoring Processing Disruptions
Due to the current situation with COVID-19, food processors including meat and dairy, are preparing workplaces via guidance from Department of Labor and Department of Health & Human Services, including developing COVID-19 specific business plans. In many cases, food processors are revisiting sick leave policies for employees and following CDC guidelines to prevent workplace exposure. Food processing plants with an employee that has tested positive for the disease will follow protocols set by state and local health officials. It is important to note there is no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted through food or food packaging.
Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA)
As livestock farmers look to conduct second quarter (April – June) sampling of perimeter drain tiles for compliance with the LMFA, they should review recent guidance from IDOA about any complications from COVID-19.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture is issuing important alerts regarding animal health and welfare, including directives for veterinarians. You can find that information here.