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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Livestock Shelters Open in Alabama in Preparation for Hurricane Sally

Sep 15, 2020

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In response to Hurricane Sally, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) has been in contact with our partners to provide temporary sheltering facilities for evacuated livestock including horses and cattle. Animals moving in response to Hurricane Sally will be exempt from a certificate of veterinary inspection.

The Garrett Coliseum located at 1295 Coliseum Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36107 will open effective immediately. Please note to use the Coliseum Blvd entrance into the sheltering facility. If this facility along with partner facilities reaches maximum capacity or if additional sheltering facilities become available, updates will be posted at agi.alabama.gov/hurricaneshelteringfacilities. Campground facilities are available at this time. These shelters are only equipped to shelter livestock, not pets or companion animals such as dogs or cats. These facilities will be available at a first come first serve basis.

Available shelters include:

State Emergency Livestock Shelter at Garrett Coliseum

1295 Coliseum Blvd
Montgomery, AL 36107
Contact: Bill Harden or Connie
334-356-6866
www.thegarrettcoliseum.com

Alabama A&M Agribition Center

4925 Moore’s Mill Rd
Huntsville, AL 35811
Contact: Robert Spencer
256-689-0274
*Will need to bring own shavings, water buckets, feed, etc.

When evacuating, it is important for livestock owners to be prepared to care for their animals while they are away. Please be sure to bring the following items with you:

  • Current list of all animals, including their records of feeding, vaccinations, and tests. Make sure that you have proof of ownership for all animals.
  • Supplies for temporary identification of your animals, such as plastic neckbands and permanent markers to label your animals with your name, address, and telephone number.
  • Handling equipment such as halters and appropriate tools for each kind of animal.
  • Water, feed, and buckets. Tools and supplies needed for sanitation.

 For questions or concerns about sheltering livestock during hurricane evacuation, contact ADAI Emergency Programs at 334-240-7279 or email brie.lowery@agi.alabama.gov. Any other assistance, call Michael Frazier 334-850-1685 or Thomas Faulkner 334-324-7794.