The Protect Our Milk, Meat, and Poultry Processors (POMMPP) Cost-Share program provides Minnesota milk, meat, and poultry processors with financial support to purchase supplies and equipment to provide a safe environment for employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible items must be purchases and paid for between March 2, 2020, and December 4, 2020.

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible for this program, you must be:

  • A milk, meat, or poultry processor licensed by the USDA or State of Minnesota
  • Located in Minnesota and have fewer than 200 employees
  • In good standing with the State of Minnesota, including the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Dairy and Meat Inspection Division

What expenses are eligible?

Three types of expenses are eligible for reimbursement:

  • Costs associated with complying with the COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for Food Processors and Manufacturers (PDF), including:
    • COVID-19 sanitation and safety supplies (PPE, hand sanitizer, employee prescreening equipment, face coverings)
    • Employer-provided COVID-19 testing
    • Facility reconfiguration (including labor and materials for changes necessary to meet social distancing guidelines)
  • Costs associated with increased inspections or becoming inspected (including USDA Inspector Overtime, HACCP consultation)
  • Costs associated with having consultations with qualified individuals/businesses to develop COVID-19 operating plans

Other related expenses may be proposed for review by MDA staff.

Note: Processing equipment is not eligible for reimbursement under this program. However, eligible applicants may apply for up to $5,000 through the Rapid Response for Livestock Processing Mini-Grant program (open until November 30, 2020).

How do I apply?

The application period for this program closed December 4, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time.

How much and when will I be paid?

Reimbursement rates will be based on the number of applications received and the amount of funds available. Costs related to inspector overtime may be reimbursed at a lower rate than other expenses. In no case will you be paid more than you submit in eligible receipts. We may need to cap payments due to limited funding.

Payments will be made before December 30, 2020.

Will I be notified if my documents have been accepted?

You will receive an automated message that your application has been submitted. If there is an issue with your application, we will contact you using the provided contact information.

How is the program funded?

The program is supported through funds granted to the State of Minnesota through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Is the payment considered taxable income?

Payments are considered taxable income at the state and federal level, and you will receive an IRS Form W-2.

The information provided as part of the Protect Our Milk, Meat, and Poultry Processors (POMMPP) Cost-Share application will be used to assess the applicant’s eligibility to receive payment under the POMMPP Cost-Share program and to fulfill applicable financial reporting requirements. Completing this application is voluntary; applicants are not legally required to provide the MDA with the information requested, but only completed applications will be considered.

Most of the information applicants provide is generally classified by Minnesota law as public, however some of the information (such as a Social Security number) is classified by law as private or nonpublic at the MDA. Data classified as private or nonpublic will be accessible only to MDA employees and contractors that have a work assignment that requires access to the data, and to other state and federal entities authorized by law to receive the data. The MDA may be obligated to provide the data to law enforcement, Minnesota Management and Budget, the Office of the State Auditor, or the Office of the Legislative Auditor. The MDA is also required to submit some applicant and award data to federal agencies conducting oversight of the Federal CARES Act. In the event of a legal action, the MDA may provide the data to the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General and/or to Minnesota or federal courts. Finally, private data about you may be released to third parties through your informed consent, or pursuant to a federal subpoena or valid court order.

Internal Revenue Service Code Section 6109 requires applicants to provide their correct taxpayer identification number to payers who must file information returns with the IRS. The MDA will use the information provided on the applicant’s W-9 form in order to report payments received as part of the POMMPP Cost-Share program to the IRS. The IRS uses the numbers for identification purposes and to help verify the accuracy of the applicant’s tax return. For more information on how the information provided on a W-9 may be used, refer to the Privacy Act Notice on page 6 of the W-9 form.