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Delaware and Maryland announces grant program for contract poultry growers impacted by coronavirus

Christian Fernsby |
Governor John Carney, along with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, announced a new grant program to assist contract poultry growers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Topics: DELAWARE    MARYLAND   

“I am pleased to announce that we are immediately launching a new relief program which will provide direct payments to thousands of Maryland farmers, growers, and producers who have been hurt by COVID-19,” said Governor Hogan.

“Far too often our farmers don’t get the respect or the appreciation they deserve, but I want our entire ag community to know that your commitment to our state and to our ag industry does not go unnoticed.”

Growers are paid on their performance in raising the chickens on contract for our integrated poultry companies, but the actual ownership of the birds remains with the companies. Unfortunately, due to this technicality our poultry growers are not eligible for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistant Program funds.

The Delaware Contract Poultry Grower Grant Assistant Program will compensate contract poultry growers who:

- had an active grower contract in force on facilities located in Delaware on March 15 when COVID-19 impacted our state;
- have an approved CAFO permit or have filed a Notice of Intent for CAFO coverage; and do not have business interruption coverage for the losses covered by the grant program.

For poultry growers who meet these requirements, the grant program will compensate:

- $1,000 per poultry house, up to a maximum payment of $5,000 per farm.
- In addition, any grower that meets the above criteria, and had to depopulate birds remaining in-house for composting related to COVID-19 will receive another $1,500 per poultry house depopulated without cap.


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