UPDATE for 11/19/21
The official announcement of payment distribution was released by the USDA and can be found here. In addition, we have received confirmation from several Arkansas farmers that payments have been received.
UPDATE for 11/18/21
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has begun issuing approximately $270 million in payments to contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry who applied for Pandemic Assistance. Earlier this year, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) identified gaps in assistance including problems with the initial proposal to assist contract growers. In August, USDA released the improved program for contract producers to fill these gaps, providing support as part of USDA’s broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.