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.

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 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 to assist poultry farmers that have experienced an extended downtime (longer than 21 days) between flocks and have not been otherwise compensated.
  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 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 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 1st

October 31st

Application available on-line

Oct. 1st at www.agi.alabama.gov

(subject to change)

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





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Governor Ivey Awards $26 Million in CARES Act Funds for the Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program

Aug 12, 2020


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – 
Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday awarded $26 million of the Coronavirus Relief Fund for the Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program.

“Agriculture has an economic impact of over $70 billion in the state of Alabama. I know firsthand how hard our farmers work each day, and they are without a doubt a major part of who we are in Alabama,” Governor Ivey said. “Due to COVID-19, numerous farms and processing facilities have struggled to remain open and sell their products. Establishing the Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program is not only the right thing to do to protect our farmers, but it also key to stabilizing Alabama’s economy.”

The Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program will be administered through the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) and will be allocated to the following:

  1. Direct Payment Business Stabilization Grants to Cattle Producers- $10.5 million
  2. Meat Processing Plant Reimbursement Program- $1.5 million
  3. Poultry Farmer Stabilization Grant Program- $4 million
  4. Catfish Processor Reimbursement Program- $500,000
  5. Fruit & Vegetable Processor Reimbursement Program- $500,000
  6. State Supplemental CFAP Grant Program- $8 million
  7. Nursery Grower Reimbursement Program- $1 million

“I want to thank Governor Ivey for her continued support of Alabama agriculture and for providing much needed assistance to farmers and processors adversely effected by COVID-19,” Rick Pate, commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, said. “Because of these men and women, our food supply chain is safe, abundant and sustainable. This program was a collaborative effort between our department and the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Poultry & Egg Association, Alabama Agribusiness Council, and other agriculture stakeholders.”

Alabama received approximately $1.9 billion of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding to respond to and mitigate COVID-19. Alabama Act 2020-199 designated up to $300 million of the Coronavirus Relief Fund to be used to support citizens, businesses, and non-profit and faith-based organizations of the state directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program Memorandum of Understanding

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