Mississippi Chicken Raisers Receive Federal Pandemic Aid

Mississippi Chicken Raisers Receive Federal Pandemic Aid

Mississippi poultry farmers who suffered losses when restaurants closed during the COVID-19 pandemic will receive $ 23 million from the US Department of Agriculture.

Mark Leggett, president of the Mississippi Poultry Association, said federal aid is the first. Because most chicken farmers are contract growers of poultry processing plants, they are not eligible for federal crop insurance and had not previously received any federal aid during the pandemic despite suffering losses.

“It seemed like almost a day all the restaurants were closing,” Leggett said. “That is about half of the chicken sold. Of the chicken that is not exported, about half goes to restaurants and the other half to groceries … It was a shock in 2020, and some producers really suffered. “

USDA announced that $ 270 million in pandemic assistance would be awarded to contracted poultry and livestock producers across the country. A total of $ 22.7 million will be distributed to 557 Mississippi chicken farmers and about $ 400,000 to state egg producers who suffered losses from the pandemic.

Leggett said there are about 1,600 poultry producers in Mississippi. Poultry (including eggs) has been the state’s largest agricultural crop for nearly three decades, with an annual agricultural production of about $ 3 billion a year for the past decade.

Senators Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Chris Coons of Delaware led a successful bipartisan effort urging the USDA to set aside assistance for chicken farmers in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

“Chicken farmers are a vitally important part of Mississippi agriculture,” Wicker said in a statement. “I am grateful that USDA is awarding these funds and working with farmers to ensure they have the necessary resources after the challenges associated with COVID-19.”

Leggett said the chicken market has recovered from the early pandemic recession.

“The demand has increased,” Leggett said. “I know this is true in my house: as the price of meat goes up, people turn to chicken. That has helped with the lawsuit. “

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