Updated 5-5-2020

Farm Emergency Planning Resources

The Kansas Pork Association has compiled information to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.  Some of this is specific to Kansas.  There is also information from other sources that may be helpful.

Reduce growth
If you are just needing to hold your herd back, see K-State – Slowing down growth performance and Feeding Strategies to Reduce Pig Growth.

Temporary Outdoor Pens
If you plan to utilize temporary outdoor pens, here are some tips. 

KDHE Contact:

Matthew Steele, Ph.D., P.E.
Section Chief
Livestock Waste Management Program

KDHE – Overstocking
KDHE understands that some swine herds may be becoming overstocked due to processing facility showdowns.  To see information, click here.

Depopulation Plan
Please work with your veterinarian to create a depopulation plan for your farm. Click on the Depopulation Checklist Form to get started.  A good review for the options is at Euthanasia Quick Review.

Please make sure to document as much as possible about the process. The following form may help – COVID-19 Swine Depopulation and Disposal Form.

Carcass Disposal
Please contact KDHE well before depopulation so that plans for carcass disposal can be approved. For information on options, click here.

Please click on Map of solid waste landfills in Kansas  to see a map of landfills in your area. Some may take carcasses. 

To see information on a new option, click on Above Ground Burial.

NRCS Cost-share
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces assistance for Kansas agricultural producers to properly dispose of swine that were depopulated resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. NRCS is accepting applications through Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the Emergency Animal Mortality Management practice. USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only. Field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. Program delivery staff will continue to communicate with producers by phone and online. All Service Center visitors wanting to conduct business with NRCS can call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found online at farmers.gov/coronavirus. Your nearest Service Center can be located at farmers.gov/service-locator

For an overview of the program, click on Mortality Fact Sheet. To help understand the available practices, please click on Practice Guide Sheet.

An application and approved early start waiver must be filed with the local NRCS Field Office prior to disposal of animal carcasses.  Additionally, producers must have farm records established with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and meet all eligibility requirements.

Click on  Application to get started.  You will also need the Signed Waiver Form.

Additional Resources

For more, visit pork.org/covid-19.

Webinar: Animal Welfare Tools for Pork Producers


Webinar: Planning for Emergency Depopulation and Disposal