Dollars Available For Hog Producers

USDA has a new program to help pork producers who sold hogs through a negotiated sale during the greatest reduction in market prices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program — SMHPP — is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative and addresses gaps in previous assistance for hog producers. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept applications now through Feb. 25.      

If you sold hogs through a negotiated sale from April 16, 2020 through Sept. 1, 2020, you can get assistance.

Negotiated sale, or negotiated formula sale, means a sale of hogs by a producer to a packer under which the base price for the hogs is determined by seller-buyer interaction and agreement on a delivery day. USDA is offering SMHPP as packer production was reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic due to employee illness and supply chain issues, resulting in fewer negotiated hogs being procured and subsequent lower market prices.  

“Previous pandemic assistance used flat rates across the hog industry, and this didn’t take into account the various levels of harm felt by different producers,” says FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “We worked closely with industry partners and USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service to target assistance to hog producers who were hit the hardest during the pandemic.”

USDA has set aside up to $50 million in pandemic assistance funds through the federal CARES Act for SMHPP.

More SMHPP Details  

To be eligible, the producer must be a person or legal entity who has ownership in the hogs and whose production facilities are located in the U.S., including U.S. territories. Contract producers, federal, state and local governments, including public schools and packers are not eligible for SMHPP.  

SMHPP payments will be calculated by multiplying the number of head of eligible hogs, not to exceed 10,000 head, by the payment rate of $54 per head. FSA will issue payments to eligible hog producers as applications are received and approved.  

Applying for Assistance  

Eligible hog producers can apply for SMHPP by completing the FSA-940, Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program application. Additional documentation may be required. Visit for a copy of the Notice of Funds Availability, information on applicant eligibility and more information on how to apply.  

Applications can be submitted to the FSA office at any USDA Service Center nationwide by mail, fax, hand delivery or via electronic means. To find your local FSA office, visit Hog producers can also call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.