March 13, 2014
Virginia poultry farmers could start receiving federal aid by the holidays to cover a portion of their losses from Avian flu.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture began processing avian indemnity claims this week.
The federal government is providing $51 million for flocks killed because of the flu. Farmers will receive $13.9 million, with poultry companies getting the rest.
Virginia poultry farmers estimate their losses at approximately $130 million.
If all goes well, payments should be deposited in bank accounts in seven to 10 working days.
Avian influenza broke out in the state in March. By the time the virus was eradicated in early July, more than 4.7 million birds had been killed.