APHIS Announces Interim Rule on Indemnity for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

The U.S. Department of Agriculture‚Äôs (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing an interim rule that outlines conditions for the payment of indemnity claims for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).  This interim rule is due to publish in the Federal Register in the coming week.

The outbreak of HPAI in spring 2015 had profound impacts on poultry producers, allied industries, and federal and state governments.  APHIS learned a lot through the experience of responding to this emergency and through input from our State partners, industry, academia, and other stakeholders.  We committed to examining any issues and modifying our processes where needed, and the publication of this interim rule is in line with that commitment.

These actions are being taken in an effort to solidify policies surrounding the payment of indemnity and further strengthen biosecurity adherence at poultry operations. In addition, APHIS is requesting comments and ideas through this rule on how the Agency should develop a stronger accountability system for monitoring industry biosecurity practices.

Public comments on the interim rule will be accepted for 60 days following publication in the Federal Registration. You may submit comments by either of the following methods:  

The interim rule will be effective upon publication in the Federal Register.

-- Docket No. APHIS-2015-0061