Champaign, IL, May 1, 2020 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Illinois will offer financial and technical assistance to livestock producers for animal mortality disposal, resulting from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance for the Emergency Animal Mortality Management practice is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
“NRCS is not recommending or advocating for the depopulation of livestock. I hope we can find alternatives that allow our agricultural food chain to remain intact. However, we realize these are difficult times and if a producer is left with no other option, we want to provide practices that will lessen the negative environmental impacts,” says State Conservationist Ivan Dozier.
Dozier announced the first application deadline is close of business Friday, May 8, 2020. Additional application deadlines will occur every two weeks after May 8th until further notice. Learn more at www.farmers.gov/coronavirus. The Emergency Animal Mortality Management practice includes several options for the proper disposal of animal carcasses.
Producers who face livestock depopulation can submit an EQIP application, form CCC-1200, to their local NRCS field office. To receive assistance, both an application and Approved Early Start Waiver must be filed with the local NRCS field office prior to disposal of animal carcasses.
For more information, please contact your local NRCS office or visit www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.