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SPRINGFIELD – $5 million in financial assistance will be available to livestock producers and small meat and poultry plants hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic via the Illinois Department of Agriculture, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) announced Thursday. 

Manar, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations II Committee and on the Senate Agriculture Committee, led the charge to support this initiative during last spring’s budget negotiations.

“Illinois’ proud agricultural tradition is built on the hard work and dedication of our farmers,” Manar said. “They work every day to provide for people across the state, and that’s why we prioritized them in this year’s state budget. It’s our obligation to return the favor in any way possible.”

The COVID-19 pandemic drastically reduced the processing of livestock throughout the state, which led to farmers holding animals for a longer period of time with further input costs and cancelled, delayed or reduced sales.

Financial assistance is available through three programs administered by the Dept. of Ag. Individuals and businesses are only eligible to apply for one program, and applicants located in a disproportionately impacted area will receive a 10% increase in funding. A list of DIA’s can be found on the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s website.

Online applications are available at agr.state.il.us. Applications will close on Oct. 31, 2020. Questions about this funding can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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