NEW: IL Livestock Grants up to $10,000

Earlier this year, the Illinois Pork Producers Association was instrumental in securing emergency funds in the State of Illinois’ Fiscal Year 2021 budget from the federal CARES Act for two livestock specific grant programs.

 

Starting October 1, Illinois swine producers will have the opportunity to apply for the Swine Depopulation Program (SDP) or the Agricultural Business Interruption Program (ABIP) if they qualify under the rules administered by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA). Applications close October 31st.

 

The new funding opportunity is part of the state’s Business Interruption Grants program (BIG), which leverages federal CARES Act money to help small businesses statewide offset losses incurred in connection to COVID-19. 

 

APPLY HERE

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What producers need to know when applying:

  • Applications must be submitted electronically to IDOA by October 31, 2020
  • Applicants may only apply for one program
  • Applicants must have a Tax ID #
  • Applicants must complete an IRS W-9
  • Applicants must complete a signed affidavit as part of the application process
  • Applicants must submit inventory records – examples include copies of records showing amount of production or inventory reported through receipts, ledgers of income, vet records, etc.
  • For the SDP, applicants must supply a premise ID # and a signed affidavit from your herd veterinarian
  • For a complete list of frequently asked questions regarding the programs click here.

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1) Agricultural Business Interruption Program (ABIP)

Applicants must be a livestock owner or producer that experienced monetary losses and incurred expenses due to the disruption of the livestock market caused by the COVID-19 emergency during the period of April 15-May 15, 2020. Eligible expenses are costs associated with holding livestock (swine, beef cattle, dairy cattle, lambs, poultry and meat goats) and livestock-related products for an extended period of time.

 

  • Eligible loses are those incurred between April 15, 2020 and May 15, 2020.
  • Swine calculations are based on market ready hogs greater than 280 lbs. at $8/head. Pricing is calculated on a 15-day holding period. Culled breeding stock and sow abortions are not eligible.
  • Funds are capped at $10,000 per applicant and depending on the number of applications for the program the funds may be pro-rated.
  • If you received CFAP funding you may still apply for this program.
  • If an applicant is in a disproportionately impacted area*, they will receive an additional 10%. *For a list of qualified zip codes click here.
  • Payments will be mailed to producers in November.

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2) Swine Depopulation Program (SDP)

Applicants must be a livestock owner or producer that experienced financial loss as the result of a Depopulation and Disposal Event that occurred on or after April 15, 2020 due to the pandemic.

 

  • A depopulation and disposal event (DDE) means swine destroyed in a 7-day period at a single location (based on premise ID) due to market supply chain disruption.
  • Applicants for the SDP are eligible to receive financial assistance for costs associated with a DDE that occurred on or after April 15, 2020.
  • If you applied for and received NRCS EQIP funds for carcass disposal you are NOT eligible to apply for the SDP.
  • If you received CFAP funding you may still apply for this program.
  • An applicant may receive up to $135 for each 1000 pounds of disposed carcasses.
  • An applicant may apply for financial assistance for no more than 5 DDEs.
  • Funds are capped at $10,000 per applicant and depending on the number of applications for the program the funds may be pro-rated.
  • If an applicant is in a disproportionately impacted area*, they will receive an additional 10%. *For a list of qualified areas by zip codes click here.
  • Payments will be mailed to producers in November.

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HELPFUL DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

 

*Must be completed and ready to upload when filling out the application online.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS       

 

1) Can I apply for the Swine Depopulation program if I received USDA NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) financial assistance?

No. Applicants can not apply for financial assistance for disposal of animals if they have already received financial assistance from USDA NRCS EQIP for those animals.

 

2) Can I apply for Livestock Management Facilities programs if I received CFAP I funding?

Yes. As long as the same expenses and/costs have not and will not be reimbursed under CFAP I. The criteria for the Livestock Management Facilities programs differs from CFAP I.

 

3) Can I apply for Livestock Management Facilities programs if I have applied for CFAP II funding?

Yes. As long as the same expenses and/costs have not already been reimbursed under CFAP II. The criteria for the Livestock Management Facilities programs differs from CFAP II. For instance, CFAP II is designed to cover costs associated with the price decline of livestock. The ABIP program was developed to cover the business interruption of increased input costs and expenses associated with holding animals and animal-related products for an extended period of time.



4) What are examples of inventory records?

Examples of supporting documentation include evidence provided by the producer that is used to substantiate the amount of production or inventory reported, including copies of receipts, ledgers of income, income statements of deposit slips, veterinarian records, register tapes, records to verify costs, contemporaneous measurements or contemporaneous diaries.