Livestock Resources


Pritzker Administration announces $5 million Business Grant Program for Agriculture Businesses 

Leveraging federal CARES Act funding, the state of Illinois will offer Business Interruption Grants (BIG) to livestock farms to help offset losses incurred in connection to COVID-19.  

Applications are available online only and can be found at  


Financial assistance will be made available through three programs administered by the Illinois Department of AgricultureRead more hereEach applicant may only qualify for one program.  Interested applicants should review documentation needed for a complete application, which we’ve detailed below. 

  • Swine Depopulation Program: Covers the cost and expenses of swine producers associated with the depopulation and disposal of livestock due to disruptions to the livestock market caused by COVID-19 on or after April 15, 2020. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $10,000 for losses.
  • Agriculture Business Interruption Program: Covers monetary losses and expenses of livestock producers due to the disruption of the livestock market due to COVID-19 during the period of April 15 – May 15, 2020. Eligible expenses include costs associated with holding livestock (swine, beef cattle, dairy cattle, lambs, poultry and meat goats) and livestock-related products for an extended period of time. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $10,000 for losses.
    • Documentation needed: IRS Form W-9, Inventory records. 
  • Meat and Poultry Capacity Program: Covers costs for operations and costs associated with facility improvements necessary to decrease or eliminate COVID-19 related slowdowns and mitigate capacity reductions. Businesses must have no more than 60 employees. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $25,000 for eligible expenses.
    • Documentation needed: IRS Form W-9, Secretary of State Business Registration. 

Producers/processors in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Will are ineligible.

IDOA has worked with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to mobilize this opportunity for financial assistance provided through the BIG program.  

Current Financial Program Opportunities due to COVID-19

  • Illinois Pork Producers Association and Illinois Farm Bureau have partnered to fund a grant for pork producers facing unexpected pork disposal costs during this difficult time. Find the application here.
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the availability of EQIP funding to assist producers facing mortality management issues. Please note that the funding is based on a cap of $25,000 per practice, which include rendering, landfill, incineration, burial, and a catch all other than can include composting. The program is open to pork producers, but also to beef and dairy if the need is there as well.  Applications will be ranked, and financial decisions made quickly. Find more support for animal mortality at

Current Regulatory Flexibilities due to COVID-19

More information:

  • For Pork Producers: PRODUCER CALL CENTER NOW LIVE. IPPA now offers a customer service hotline for producers to call or text with questions related to pork and the COVID-19 crisis. You can call from 8 am - 5 pm, Monday-Friday or text 24/7. HOTLINE TO CALL/TEXT: 217-393-8498.
  • Emergency Livestock Mortality Management:
  • Make sure you have registered your farm with Dun & Bradstreet and SAM before depopulation. The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act requires entity recipients of federal financial assistance to have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and to maintain current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) database (formerly CCR).
  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued interim guidance for Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers 
  • President Trump announced an Executive Order invoking the Defense Production Act with Respect to Food Supply Chain Resources.   
  • The Illinois Department of Agriculture is issuing important alerts regarding animal health and welfare, including directives for veterinarians. You can find that information here.