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Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program

Farm Service Agency

Closed Indefinitely

Our sources indicate that this program is closed indefinitely and unlikely to reopen.

Are you a swine, chicken, or turkey producer who suffered losses due to insufficient access to processing facilities during the coronavirus pandemic? USDA’s Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program will provide financial relief for those losses and costs associated with depopulation due to COVID-19. This new program is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.


PLIP provides financial assistance to support producers of eligible swine, chickens, and turkeys depopulated from March 1, 2020, through December 26, 2020. To be eligible, depopulation of your poultry or livestock must have been due to insufficient processing access resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Livestock and poultry also must have been physically located in the United States or a territory of the United States at the time of depopulation.

To be eligible for PLIP, an individual or legal entity must:

  • Have had legal ownership associated with the livestock or poultry as of the day of depopulation. Please note that packers, live poultry dealers, and contract growers are not eligible for PLIP.

  • Have an average adjusted gross income (AGI) of less than $900,000 for tax years 2016, 2017, and 2018. For joint ventures and general partnerships, this AGI provision will be applied to individual members.

  • Comply with provisions of the “Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation” regulations, often called the conservation compliance provisions. These will be addressed via form AD-1026 during the application process.

  • Not have a controlled substance violation.

  • Be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien.

  • Submit a complete PLIP application form (FSA-620) and provide all required documentation. The below section details all documents required to apply for PLIP.

If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the FSA office at your local USDA Service Center or call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.


PLIP payments will compensate eligible producers for 80 percent of the loss of the eligible livestock or poultry, and for the cost of depopulation and disposal, based on a single payment rate per head. Any previous payments you received for disposal of your animals under a state program or USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program will be subtracted from the final PLIP payment amount. The payments will also be reduced by any CFAP 1 and CFAP 2 payments paid on the same inventory of swine that were depopulated. There is no per person or legal entity payment limitation on PLIP payments.

Payment rates per head are outlined by category in the table found here.

Application Instructions

Eligible producers can apply for PLIP by working directly with the Farm Service Agency office at their local USDA Service Center. Applications will be accepted via mail, fax, hand delivery, or electronic means..

Producers with an eAuthentication account can apply for PLIP via the PLIP Application Portal. Applications can be completed, electronically signed, and submitted directly to your local USDA Service Center through this online system. Reference the PLIP Application Portal User Guide for more information. Producers interested in creating an eAuthentication account should visit to learn more.

FSA staff will work with you to complete portions of the CCC-902 – Farm Operating Plan – if necessary. Additionally, the following forms will be needed for PLIP.

  • FSA-620, Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP) Application: Applicants must complete and sign the PLIP application form and submit it to any FSA county office nationwide. This form will be available for download once the PLIP signup period opens on July 20.

  • AD-2047, Customer Data Worksheet: This form will be filled out for all individuals and legal entities, including entity members, who have not previously provided their personal information to USDA that positively identifies the customer. Existing customers can also use the form to update their customer profile.

  • CCC-901, Member Information for Legal Entities (If Applicable): Legal entities will fill out the CCC-901 to facilitate the administration of eligibility requirements, including providing members’ names and taxpayer identification numbers.

  • AD-1026, Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification: This form ensures compliance with highly erodible land conservation and wetland conservation requirements.

  • CCC-941, Average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Certification and Consent to Disclosure of Tax Information: This form reports average adjusted gross income for programs where income restrictions apply and is required to be filed by the applicant. The individual or a legal entity applying must provide information on all members, stockholders, or partners at or above the fourth level of ownership in the business structure.

  • If requested by FSA, the applicant must provide supporting documentation to substantiate the applicant’s ownership share of the livestock or poultry and information provided on the PLIP application. Examples of supporting documentation include veterinarian records, feeding records, inventory records, rendering receipts, purchase receipts, and other records determined acceptable by the County Committee.


Release Date

July 20, 2021


October 12, 2021

Financial Instrument


Updated March 27, 2024

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