Washingtonians who bought chicken for home consumption over the last 10 years could be eligible for a payment from the United States Department of Agriculture. The announcement is part of USDA’s National Chicken Indicator Program.
People who buy, consume or otherwise acquire fresh chicken for personal use are included, and are given four months to turn in their chicken with the date used. The USDA reminds people that the program isn’t an amnesty program and those who took advantage of the new system won’t get off scot-free.
These are verified buyers and not just random folk. They must prove they bought the poultry from a participating vendor and have it inspected. The point system for how people are judged to be engaged is to keep some fairness. The point system is:
Established operators have an average Point — $2.50
Independent operators have an average Point — $2.00
Owner operators have an average Point — $1.00
As of March 31, USDA officials said there are 139,436 confirmed Chicken Indicators in circulation.
UPDATED: 3:09 p.m. — In a news release, the USDA announced the cutoff for Chicken Indicators had been extended to Aug. 25.