PORTLAND, Ore. – (May 5, 2020) – Assistance is available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help Oregon agricultural producers properly dispose of livestock that were depopulated because of impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the Emergency Animal Mortality Management practice through June 5, 2020.
“American farmers and ranchers – including producers here in Oregon – are facing some tough decisions as they weather the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Ron Alvarado NRCS state conservationist in Oregon. “Through the Emergency Animal Mortality Management practice, we want to help producers make the best decisions for their operations and natural resources.”
The Emergency Animal Mortality Management practice includes four options for the proper disposal of animal carcasses. Payment rates include:
- Burial: $74.28 per animal unit ($89.14 for historically underserved producers)
- Carcass disposal other than burial: $111.53 per animal unit ($191.20 for historically underserved producers)
- Incineration: $219.88 per animal unit ($263.86 for historically underserved producers)
- Disposal at landfill or render: $0.05 per pound ($0.06 for historically underserved producers)
Conversion factor: 1,000 pounds = 1 animal unit
Historically underserved producers, including socially disadvantaged, beginning and limited resource farmers, Indian tribes and beginning farmers/veterans, are eligible for an increased payment rate.
There are payment limitations. Contact your local NRCS field office for more details.
Agricultural producers and owners of nonindustrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, nonindustrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands.
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.
Additionally, producers must have farm records established with the Farm Service Agency (FSA), meet all eligibility requirements, and have application filed at the local NRCS.
USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While our program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with our producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. Online services are available to customers with an eAuth account through the Conservation Client Gateway. Customers can track payments, report completed practices, request conservation assistance, and electronically sign documents. Customers who do not already have an eAuth account can enroll at farmers.gov/sign-in.
All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the NRCS, FSA, or any other Service Center agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus or contact your nearest Service Center.