Avian Influenza Indemnity Program
ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
9 CFR part 53.
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers regulations at 9 CFR part 53 that provide for the payment of indemnity to owners of animals that are required to be destroyed because of foot-and-mouth disease, pleuropneumonia, rinderpest, exotic Newcastle disease, highly pathogenic avian influenza, infectious salmon anemia, or any other communicable disease of livestock or poultry that, in the opinion of the Secretary of Agriculture, constitutes an emergency and threatens the U.S. livestock or poultry population. Payment for animals destroyed is to be based on the fair market value of the animals.
Types of Assistance
Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Identifiable pathogenic avian influenza associated with a disease situation in a poultry operation.
Poultry owners and contract growers.
In the case of claims made under Sec. 53.11, claims for compensation for losses from poultry, eggs, and poultry semen destroyed or to be destroyed must be presented to APHIS, through the inspector in charge, on a form approved by the Administrator. The claim must specify the number, type, and age of the poultry; the number and type of eggs; and the type and amount of semen, as applicable.
Application and Award Process
There is no preapplication coordination related to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Claims for compensation for losses from poultry, eggs, and poultry semen destroyed or to be destroyed must be presented to APHIS, through the inspector in charge, on a form approved by the Administrator.
Please contact the program contact listed in the Information Contacts section below.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
1 to 30 days.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Compensation to Contract Growers: Per bird payment based on the average per bird company grower payment received during the previous year's production x the number of birds depopulated (based on company and grower records) = estimated grower payment if the disease situation hadn't occurred - any company grower payment already received = grower compensation. Compensation to Owners: Compensation value per bird (based on tables included in the compensation plan) x the number of birds depopulated = the total bird value loss + cost to owners of destruction and disposal of birds x 50 percent = total compensation for birds, destruction, and disposal - grower compensation = net owner compensation from the Department.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Payment is made by check or direct deposit after determining applicant eligibility.
Post Assistance Requirements
Recipients under this program are subject to audit by the Office of the Regional Inspector General, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Poultry owners and contract growers or any other individual or entity receiving payments for this program shall maintain and retain financial books and records which will permit verification of all transactions for at least 3 years, following the end of the calendar year in which payments were made.
(Includes CCC transfer funds) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est $0; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The compensation plan for growers allows for Federal payment of 100 percent of eligible losses suffered by a grower, up to the amount that the owner of the poultry is eligible to receive before grower compensation is deducted.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program is announced through news media and in letters to poultry owners and contract growers in the county. Regulations published in 9 CFR part 53.
Regional or Local Office
FSA state offices can inform applicants of county office locations where applicants may apply for assistance.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250.
Web Site Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
All poultry owners and contract growers meeting eligibility requirements may receive assistance. Applications are non-competitive.