Alabama Agricultural Stabilization Program  
Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $26 Million of CARES Act Funds to assist Alabama Agriculture impacted by COVID-19. Funding will be used to establish the Alabama Agricultural Stabilization Program (AASP). No funds may be utilized for salaries, building projects, or capital improvements.

For program information, deadlines and applications please visit: crf.alabama.gov and select "Alabama Agriculture".

We hope this message from Commissioner Pate helps explain the Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program (AASP) and its seven programs. Our goal is to help farmers and agribusinesses impacted by COVID-19. Click HERE  to view.

For help on filling out your W-9, please click on the following link;  How to fill out a W-9.

To view the entire  Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program Memorandum of Understanding click HERE 


Below is a summary of each of the seven programs:
  1. Direct Payment Business Stabilization Grants to Cattle Producers - $10.5 million (Online Only) for feeder and fed cattle sold between April 16, 2020 and May 15, 2020, and dairy producers that qualified for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).
    Eligibility Requirements
  2. Meat Processing Plant Reimbursement Program - $1.5 million for reimbursements of up to $50,000 for existing processors to expand capacity to meet increased demand caused by COVID-19. To be eligible, an applicant must be a T/A, State, or Custom Exempt plant that slaughters and processes and is currently inspected by ADAI.  
  3. Poultry Farmer Stabilization Grant Program - $4 million will assist poultry farmers that experienced disruptions due to COVID-19. Broiler growers that experienced downtimes of over 17 days, density reductions of 10% or more, or both between March 13 and October 15, 2020, will be eligible. In addition, Pullet growers that experienced downtimes of over 42 days and Breeder growers that experienced downtimes of over 56 days will be eligible. The downtimes must have occurred between March 13 and October 15, 2020.

  4. Catfish Processor Reimbursement Program - $500,000 to reimburse catfish processing plants for purchases of PPE, disinfectants, workstation dividers, COVID-19 testing for employees, etc. to combat COVID-19 made between March 13, 2020 and July 31, 2020.
  5. Fruit & Vegetable Processor Reimbursement Program - $500,000 to reimburse fruit and vegetable processing plants for purchases of PPE, disinfectants, workstation dividers, COVID-19 testing for employees, etc. to combat COVID-19 made between March 13, 2020 and July 31, 2020. Funds may also be used to reimburse the processors for the purchase of equipment such as washing stations, flash freezers, and packaging equipment to expand production to meet increased demand caused by COVID-19.
  6. State Supplemental CFAP Grant Program - $8 million (Online Only) for a state supplemental payment to producers that qualified for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).The exact percentage to be used for the state payment will be determined after all state supplemental CFAP applications have been received and USDA’s CFAP data is finalized.
    Eligibility Requirements
  7. Nursery Grower Reimbursement Program - $1 million (Online Only) to reimburse licensed nursery growers for purchases of PPE, disinfectants, workstation dividers, COVID-19 testing for employees, etc. to combat COVID-19 made between March 13, 2020 and July 31, 2020. This program will not apply for nursery growers that are compensated through the State Supplemental CFAP Program for their nursery losses.
    Eligibility Requirements
Preliminary application information is available in the chart below.
  

TYPE:

AMOUNT:

APPLICATIONS

AVAILABLE:

APPLICATIONS

DEADLINE:

HOW TO APPLY:

Meat Processors

$1.5 Million

August 24th

September 15th

Contact:
Lynn.Blue@agi.alabama.gov 

Catfish Processors

$500,000

August 24th

September 15th

Contact: Patrick.Moody@agi.alabama.gov 

Fruit & Vegetable Processors

$500,000

August 24th

September 15th

Contact: 
Don.Wambles@agi.alabama.gov 

Cattle Producers

$10.5 Million

September 8th

October 9th

Application available on-line Sept. 8th at www.agi.alabama.gov

Nursery Growers

$1.0 Million

September 15th

October 15th

Application available on-line Sept. 15th at www.agi.alabama.gov

State CFAP 
Supplemental Program

$8.0 Million

September 15th

October 15th

Application available on-line Sept. 15th at www.agi.alabama.gov

Poultry Farmers

$4.0 Million

October 13, 2020

November 6, 2020

Application available on-line

Oct. 13th at www.agi.alabama.gov

(subject to change)

Please refer to www.agi.alabama.gov for sign-up details.





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The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries strives to promote agricultural products locally and throughout the globe. The Department strives to provide a favorable climate for agribusinesses and related industries to flourish. Through routine inspections and lab analysis we insure that all agribusinesses operate on a level playing field.

Producers


Through industry cooperation, the Department is committed to agriculture producers to assist with maintaining a favorable regulatory climate. Our mission is to help insure that Alabama agriculture producers continue to fuel our $70 billion agriculture economy and foster an environment that permits Alabama farmers to remain competitive.
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USDA to Host Webinar for Producers Interested in Applying for Direct Payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

May 12, 2020

Washinton, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced today that they will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 12:00 pm CDT, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

As part of President Trump and Secretary Perdue’s April 17 announcement of a $19 billion Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program, USDA will provide $16 billion in direct support based on losses for agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted. Also, USDA will assist eligible producers facing additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19.

USDA is hosting this webinar to share what information is needed to apply for direct payments through CFAP, once the application period begins.The webinar is an opportunity for producers to learn about the general application process and required documentation prior to the official beginning of signup. Producers who are new to participating in FSA programs are especially encouraged to join the webinar. 

Producers interested in participating may register in advance.

Register in Advance

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants are encouraged to submit questions through the Q&A box or by emailing CFAP.webinars@usda.gov. While questions will not be answered live during the webinar, they will be posted at farmers.gov/CFAP along with a recording of the webinar and other CFAP information. More details about CFAP direct payments will be announced soon.
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