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$280,000 available to animal ag producers for reimbursement of PPE through PA Farm Bill Center for Poultry & Livestock Excellence

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and PennAg Industries today announced that $280,000 is available to Pennsylvania’s poultry, swine, lamb, goat, and sheep processors to reimburse costs associated with the purchase of personal protective equipment for their workforce through the Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence, a result of Governor Tom Wolf’s 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Bill.

The PPE Reimbursement Program is available to any processor or support service of poultry, swine, lamb, goats, and sheep impacted in Pennsylvania that’s had a need to purchase PPE to protect their workforce from COVID-19 between Feb. 19, 2020 and May 18, 2020 and can produce a paid receipt for the product.
 
Applicants can receive up to $16,000 in the following three categories:
 
• Up to $1,000 for bilingual training materials and signage;
 
• Up to $5,000 for prevention and surveillance tools (such as thermometers);
 
• Up to $10,000 for PPE and sanitation/cleaning materials (including masks, coveralls, gloves, face shields, hand sanitizer, cleaning products).
 
Producers interested in applying for reimbursement should complete the application, https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Documents/PPE%20Reimbursement%20form.pdf, and submit it, along with copies of receipts, to the Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence at pennag@pennag.com. Questions about the program or application should be directed to Jennifer Reed-Harry at jrharry@pennag.com. Funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis until June 12, 2020, or until funds are exhausted.

For a complete list of guidance documents and information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania visit agriculture.pa.gov/COVID.

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