Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced July 20, 2020 that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is continuing the Iowa Disposal Assistance Program (IDAP) to support Iowa farmers. Pig farmers forced to euthanize and dispose of market-ready and weaned pigs because of supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 are eligible for the fourth round of IDAP funding. “The disposal assistance program is just one way the state is trying to help producers through this very difficult time,” said Secretary Naig.
Iowa’s pork producers have made extremely difficult decisions over the past several months as COVID-19-related worker shortages caused meat processing facilities to reduce production. 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. While processing capacity has increased, the challenges continue.
IDAP Round Four Eligibility
The following Iowa 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 register and apply by 11:59 p.m./CT on Aug. 6, at iowaagriculture.gov/idap.
Registered producers must then provide documentation, including proof of proper disposal and an affidavit from their herd veterinarian confirming impending welfare issues, to receive funding. All final paperwork must be received by the Department of Agriculture by 11:59 p.m./CT on Aug. 14.
Questions about the Iowa Disposal Assistance Program can be directed to (515) 281-5321 or IDAP@iowaagriculture.gov.