Iowa egg producers are eligible for state disposal assistance program
Iowa egg producers who were forced to euthanize hens because of COVID-19-related marketing challenges are now eligible for the Iowa Disposal Assistance Program (IDAP).
The Iowa Department of Agriculture says egg producers who euthanized and properly disposed of laying hens between April 1st and July 20th are eligible to receive 25 cents per layer hen.
In the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, when most restaurants, schools and other foodservice markets shut down, the demand for liquid eggs plummeted. Liquid egg prices dropped by 68 percent, forcing many egg producers to reduce the size of their flocks.
Nearly 70 percent of Iowa’s layer flocks produce for the liquid egg market.
The latest round of IDAP funding also includes additional assistance to pork producers.