US bacon farmers require action on stalled COVID-19 relief

As the fallout of the COVID-19 crisis deepens, the NPPC urges the US government to give federal assistance to struggling hog farmers.
calendar icon 22 October 2020
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U.S. hog farmers are facing $5 billion in collective pandemic-related losses this year following two challenging years due to trade retaliation. NPPC is seeking the following provisions in a new COVID-relief package:

  • Compensation for euthanised and donated hogs;
  • Additional funding for animal health surveillance and laboratories, which have appropriately assisted and shared resources with their public health partners;
  • Modification of the Commodity Credit Corporation charter so a pandemic-driven national emergency qualifies for funding;
  • Additional funds for direct payments to producers without restriction; and
  • Extension of the Paycheck Protection Programme with modifications to make it accessible to more producers.

Roth added, “We appreciate previous relief extended by the administration and Congress to pork producers and other farmers. Unfortunately, it has not stabilised our farm sector; we need immediate action to offset the severe impact of COVID on a key element of the rural economy.”

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