Financial aid for dairy farms hit by H5N1 bird flu

May 17, 2024


In response to the H5N1 bird flu affecting dairy farms across the U.S., the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced significant financial relief measures. A total of $98 million from the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish program will be used to compensate dairy producers experiencing a drop in milk production due to the bird flu.

This aid package is part of a broader strategy to address the economic fallout from H5N1 in the agriculture sector. Dairy farms with confirmed cases can receive up to $10,000 to cover veterinary costs and $2,000 monthly for effective waste management of infected milk. These measures help farmers manage the immediate impacts of the disease on their operations.

To strengthen farm defenses against future outbreaks, the USDA is also funding improvements in on-farm biosecurity. This includes subsidies for personal protective equipment and the creation of tailored biosecurity plans. These proactive steps are essential for preventing the spread of the disease and protecting the nation's food supply.

The commitment extends beyond financial support, with the USDA requiring rigorous pre-movement testing for dairy cows and enforcing strict reporting of any influenza cases. Meanwhile, the FDA has confirmed the safety of the commercial milk supply, ensuring consumers that dairy products remain safe for consumption.