Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program


The Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP) provides direct financial assistance to livestock owners for losses of livestock and poultry depopulated from March 1, 2020, through December 26, 2020, due to insufficient processing access during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the cost of depopulation and disposal.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
D - Direct Payments With Unrestricted Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2022 FSA received 368 PLIP applications and issued payments totaling approximately $47,303,718.
Chapter 1, Pub. L. 116–260, Title Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Part Division N, Title VII,, Section Subtitle B,
Chapter 1, Pub. L. 116–260
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants only persons or legal entities who, as of the day the eligible livestock or poultry was depopulated, had legal ownership of the livestock or poultry. Packers, live poultry dealers, and contract growers are not eligible for PLIP. Applicants must be a citizen of the United States; resident alien; partnership of U.S. citizens of or resident aliens; corporation, limited liability company, or other organizational structure organized under State law solely owned by U.S. citizens or resident aliens; or Indian Tribe or Tribal organization. Applicants must have had an ownership share in the eligible livestock or poultry. Applicants are subject to an average adjusted gross income limit of $900,000.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Applicants must submit an application and additional required forms, including a farm operating plan, an average adjusted gross income statement, and a highly erodible land conservation and wetland certification, if not already on file with FSA. FSA may request that applicants submit documentation to substantiate the information on their application.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit a complete PLIP application to their FSA county office. All eligibility documentation must be submitted to their FSA county office no later than 60 days from the date a producer signs the application. If required documentation is not submitted within the 60 days, the application will not be processed and will not be acted on by USDA. If requested by FSA, the applicant must provide supporting documentation to substantiate the information on their application and ownership of the livestock and poultry claimed on the application. Examples of supporting documentation that may be requested include veterinarian records, feeding records, inventory records, rendering receipts, purchase receipts, and other records determined acceptable by the relevant FSA county committee. If any supporting documentation is requested, the documentation must be submitted to FSA within 30 days from the request or the application will be disapproved by FSA.
Award Procedure
The assistance will be approved and awarded by FSA to eligible livestock and poultry owners.
Livestock and poultry owners must have applied for PLIP by October 12, 2021. All required supporting documentation must have been submitted to the applicant's FSA county office no later than 60 days from the date the applicant signs their PLIP application.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 1 to 15 days.
From 15 to 30 days. Applicants may request reconsideration of a decision by the decision authority or appeal such decisions to a higher authority including the county and State FSA committees and the National Appeals Division. Appeal regulations in 7 CFR parts 11 and 780 apply. Matters of general applicability that are not in response to, or result from, an individual set of facts in an individual participant's application for payment are not matters that can be appealed.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance will be used by livestock and poultry owners who depopulated animals and incurred costs for depopulation and disposal due to insufficient processing access during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
If requested, applicants must submit documentation to verify the information certified on their application. Applicants must retain documentation in support of the application for 3 years after the date of approval.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The application period was July 20, 2021 through October 12, 2021. All required supporting documentation must have been submitted to the applicant's FSA county office no later than 60 days from the date the applicant signs their PLIP application. There are no restrictions placed on the time permitted to spend the money awarded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Kimberly Graham
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250 USA
Phone: (202) 720-6825
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 22$26,313,968.00; FY 23 est $50,570,000.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$21,460,700.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Payments will be based on 80 percent of the market value of the livestock or poultry and depopulation and disposal costs. PLIP is not subject to a per-applicant payment limitation.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The program will be administered according to the Notice of Funds Availability published in the Federal Register. Procedural handbooks are available in county FSA offices.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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