The National Pork Producers Council and 26 state pork associations representing thousands of American hog farmers have asked the USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) to implement enhancements to the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) insurance program. These changes would mitigate the impact of unexpected declines in hog values from unanticipated events like the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 crisis in our farm sector has demonstrated the enormous value of an enhanced LRP,” said NPPC President Howard A.V. Roth, a hog farmer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin. “The LRP changes we support, if enacted, would undoubtedly draw more hog farmer participants to the program and help offset losses caused by catastrophic events like the one we are experiencing today.”
In an August 10, 2020, letter
to the FCIC, NPPC and the 26 state pork associations called for these LRP modifications:
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- An increased subsidy to make the program more affordable to livestock farmers, particularly when a risk management program is most needed but often cost prohibitive.