If you are a North Carolina poultry grower whose dealer has gone bankrupt you may be able to get assistance. Funds from the federal government totaling $60 million, administered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, are available for producers in nine states, including the Tar Heel State.
The nine eligible states for the Poultry Loss Contract Grant Assistance Program, or PGAP, include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.
The funds are available to go to poultry growers who had a contract with a live poultry dealer that filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of Title 11, U.S Code during the 30-day period beginning Dec. 1, 2008. The grower must have had their contract terminated between May 1, 2008 and July 1, 2008.
Applications are open between Nov. 1 and Dec. 3.
NCDA&CS is conducting three workshops for poultry producers who are interested in the assistance program:
• Monday, Nov. 1, 1-3 p.m., Richmond County Cooperative Extension office, 123 Caroline St., Rockingham, N.C., (910) 997-8255;
• Tuesday, Nov. 9, 6:30-9 p.m., Chatham County Cooperative Extension office, 45 South St., Pittsboro, (919) 542-8202;
•Wednesday, Nov. 10, 6:30-9 p.m., Harnett County Cooperative Extension office, 126 Alexander Drive, Lillington, (910) 893-7530.
Register at this link for the workshops: www.ncagr.gov/GAIN/Workshops/2009PoultryLossContractGrant
A good deal of information on the program is available on the Internet for those who know where to find it. Complete eligibility requirements are available at www.ncagr.gov/gain/pgap.htm
You can also get additional information by downloading documents at these three links:
For more information on the program contact Kim Decker in the NCDA&CS Marketing Division at (919) 707-3116.