The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and 26 state pork associations representing thousands of American hog farmers have asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Federal Crop Insurance Corp. (FCIC) to implement enhancements to the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) insurance program. These changes would mitigate the impact of unexpected declines in hog values due to unanticipated events like the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 crisis in our farm sector has demonstrated the enormous value of an enhanced LRP,” said NPPC president Howard A.V. Roth, a hog farmer from Wauzeka, Wis. “The LRP changes we support, if enacted, would undoubtedly draw more hog farmer participants to the program and help offset losses caused by catastrophic events like the one we are experiencing today.”
In an Aug. 10, 2020, letter to the FCIC, NPPC and the 26 state pork associations called for these LRP modifications:
- An increased subsidy to make the program more affordable to livestock farmers, particularly when a risk management program is most needed but often cost prohibitive;
- Expansion of the coverage period to 52 weeks and an increase in the number of head eligible. Risk management decisions in pork production are often made at least 52 weeks in advance. The current maximum coverage period of 26 weeks, combined with limitations on the number of pigs that can be covered, have significantly limited program participation.
Last year, more than 120 million hogs were marketed in the U.S. Over the last 15 years, only once have more than 100,000 hogs fallen under LRP coverage due to program limitations.