Maryland Contract Poultry Grower COVID-19 Relief Fund Details

last revised 12/21/20 at 4:45 pm

Maryland Contract Poultry Grower COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking applications from contract poultry growers who have been impacted by COVID-19-related financial burdens and have not been eligible for federal relief programs.

As you may know, Maryland contract poultry growers were not eligible for the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) funds, despite being affected by market and supply chain disruptions that caused greater layout times and reduced placements. Additionally, some growers were greatly impacted by the depopulation of their flocks and in-house composting that prohibited them from placing new flocks for an extended period of time.

To support Maryland’s contract poultry growers, MDA will be administering the following relief payments.


MDA will issue direct payments of $1,000 per poultry house (capped at five houses) to eligible Maryland contract poultry growers. In addition to these payments, MDA will administer an extra $1,500 for each poultry house that was depopulated due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (no cap).

This online form must be completed by eligible contract poultry growers in order to receive assistance from the State of Maryland. Before applying, please check your eligibility.

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  1. Check your eligibility. Before proceeding with the application, please be sure you are eligible to participate. Eligibility requirements are outlined below.
    • Maryland farmers growing chickens, turkeys, or ducks under contract in 2020, and whose poultry operations have not received any business interruption insurance coverage for the losses that will be covered by the relief funding are eligible.

    • Maryland contract poultry growers whose flocks had to be depopulated due to COVID-19 disruptions are eligible for additional assistance.

  2. Complete the Application.

    If you meet the eligibility requirements, click the Apply Online button above and submit your application for review by the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

What Happens After Submission

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  1. MDA will review your application and either approve or disapprove within 10 working days.
  2. If approved, you will receive an email notification and a check in the mail within approximately 15 days from the approval date.
  3. If disapproved, you will receive an email notification.
  4. If MDA has questions you will be contacted via email or phone.
  5. If you have questions, please submit them via email to or call (410) 841-5775.


Form Issuer - Information

Who issues the Form?

Maryland Department of Agriculture

Contact Information

Mark Powell


Tel: (410) 841-5775 / Fax:

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