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Livestock Auction Market Direct Payment Program & Poultry Processor Reimbursement Program Applications due by December 1, 2020

Nov 16, 2020

Montgomery, Ala. - Commissioner Rick Pate is pleased to announce the Livestock Market Direct Payment Program and the Poultry Processor Reimbursement Program. Applications for each program will be available at or at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 and the deadline to submit applications is December 1, 2020.  Each program will assist Alabama’s agriculture with costs associated with disruptions experienced due to COVID-19. Commissioner Pate and agricultural stakeholders developed a broad based relief plan to support agribusiness in the State of Alabama.

In August, Gov. Kay Ivey announced that $26 Million of CARES Act Funds could be used to assist Alabama Agriculture impacted by COVID-19. These funds were used to establish the Alabama Agricultural Stabilization Program (AASP). The new programs announced today are:

Livestock Market Direct Payment Program - $500,000 to provide direct payments not to exceed $25,000 to Alabama licensed cattle auction markets.

Poultry Processor Reimbursement Program
- $1.2 million to reimburse Alabama poultry processing facilities for purchases of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), disinfectants, workstation dividers, and COVID-19 testing kits to protect their employees from COVID-19. These expenses would be up to a maximum of $40,000.00 per facility.

Eligibility requirements will be posted at or at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.