Iowa Disposal Assistance Program
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has launched a disposal assistance program to help Iowa pork and egg producers who were affected by COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. The Resource Coordination Center is available to help producers explore every option to harvest livestock, including identifying other markets or making a donation to the Pass the Pork program. As a last resort, producers may be forced to humanely euthanize animals to prevent welfare issues. Producers can apply to receive state funding to properly dispose of carcasses in an environmentally-sound manner.
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) for up to 30,000 animals.
2. Pork producers who euthanized and properly disposed of pigs up to 25 pounds between May 1 and July 20, 2020. Each approved applicant may receive $4 per pig (up to 25 pounds) for up to 200,000 animals.
3. Egg producers who euthanized and properly disposed of laying hens between April 1 and July 20, 2020. Each approved applicant may receive 25 cents per layer hen for up to 1 million animals.
Eligible producers must apply by 11:59 p.m./CT on Aug. 6, at iowaagriculture.gov/idap. All producers must provide documentation, including proof of proper disposal and an affidavit from their herd veterinarian confirming impending welfare issues, to receive funding. All 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.
Before you get started, Please make sure you have completed the following documents, and have them available in an electronic format.
- IRS form W-9
- Veterinary Validation Form for market hogs greater than 225 pounds
- Veterinary Validation Form for program-eligible pigs up to 25 pounds
- Veterinary Validation Form for laying hens