Rep. Bailey Promotes Grants for Livestock Farmers: $5 Million Available for Swine, Meat & Poultry Producers

State Rep. Darren Bailey is joining the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) to promote that $5 million in business recovery grants is now available for the Illinois livestock industry. Livestock producers and small meat and poultry plants impacted by the COVID-19 emergency are eligible to receive these grants, and the application period is open through Oct. 31st.

“Even though our farmers have continued to keep the food chain moving during these last months, many have had hardships imposed on them that they need a little help to recover from,” commented Rep. Bailey, a first-term legislator who is a farmer himself. “Our farmers are hard-working and self-reliant people, but these unforeseen constraints on their farming operations have caused some hardships and this is a way to help them get through this coronavirus period.”

Livestock-involved firms can apply for funds through three IDOA programs.

First is the Swine Depopulation Program, which covers up to $10,000 in expenses for depopulating and disposing of livestock in response to coronavirus disruptions to the market on or after April 15.

The second is the Agriculture Business Interruption Program, which covers monetary losses and expenses up to $10,000 for livestock producers who were forced to hold livestock or livestock-related products due to COVID-19 between April 15 and May 15.

The third is the Meat and Poultry Capacity Program, which covers operating and facility improvement costs associated with COVID-19 shutdowns or mitigating capacity reductions for businesses with 60 or fewer employees, up to $25,000. Online applications for grants are available at apps.agr.illinois.gov/AGR-CARES. Questions about the programs or the application can be emailed to agr.grants@illinois.gov.