Alabama Agricultural Relief Program  
The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019 (Pub. L. 116-20), as amended by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Pub. L. 116-94), provided funds for necessary expenses related to losses of crops, trees, bushes, and vines related to the consequences of Hurricane Michael in 2018. The United States Department of Agriculture – Farm Service Agency agreed to grant $14.9 Million to the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries. The eligible affected areas, per USDA, must be in a Hurricane Michael USDA Disaster Declared AL County, which is Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Pike, Montgomery, and Russell.


Applicants will need to go to register as a vendor in STAARS. You will need to complete the vendor registration process before you apply for the grant as you will include your approved vendor number on your application. Please allow at least 2-weeks once your vendor registration is entered for it to be approved. ADAI encourages you not to begin your application until your vendor is approved. The following link is where you will start the process;  STAARS Registration CLICK HERE . Please read through the following STAARS help guides before registration;
Vendor Self Service Guide
Vendor Self Portal Activation Registration (Step by Step Guide)
If you encounter problems, please contact the STAARS Support hotline at 334-353-9000.


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

For an overview of the Alabama Agriculture Relief Program Fact Sheet, please click on the following link;  AARP Overview Fact Sheet.

To view the entire  Alabama Agriculture Relief Program Statement of Work CLICK HERE 


Below is a summary of the active programs:

* Before applications are made available, producers interested in applying are strongly encouraged to read the information below to learn program details. ADAI will host an in-person education and outreach session Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 6:00 pm at the Headland High School gymnasium.

  1. Beef Cattle Losses Program -  The State will issue payments to eligible livestock owners, specifically for beef cattle losses due to Hurricane Michael. There are two formulas for capturing offspring losses resulting from the hurricane impacts and they include conception rate reductions that resulted in the stress placed on beef cattle and mortality losses of the breeding herd. Conception losses will be determined based on the breeding age females in the beef cattle herd at the time of Hurricane Michael.

  2. Beef Cattle Losses - ON-LINE Application (Online Only) Application period April 26, 2021 - June 25, 2021
    Beef Cattle Losses Eligibility Requirements

  3. Horticulture Crops Losses Program (including bare-ground) -  The State will issue payments to eligible producers for horticulture crop practice losses due to Hurricane Michael. To be eligible, a producer must show a minimum of 15 percent crop loss as a result of Hurricane Michael to qualify for the practice reimbursement on those acres damaged.

  4. Horticulture Crops Losses (including bare-ground) - ON-LINE Application (Online Only) Application period April 26, 2021 - June 25, 2021
    Horticulture Crops Losses Eligibility Requirements

  5. Pecan Production Losses Program -  The State will issue payments to eligible producers for pecan losses due to Hurricane Michael. Pecan trees were severely impacted by Hurricane Michael, which damaged or destroyed pecan trees, requiring removal and replanting of trees. As a result, producers will have decreased production over several years waiting for newly planted pecan trees to reach full production. Producers are eligible to receive a payment for variable rate of lost production. To be eligible, a producer must show a minimum of 15 percent production loss as a result of Hurricane Michael to qualify for the production loss payment.

  6. Pecan Production Losses - ON-LINE Application (Online Only) Application period April 26, 2021 - June 25, 2021
    Pecan Production Losses Eligibility Requirements

  7. Poultry Losses Program -  The State will issue payments to eligible producers for poultry house damage and losses due to Hurricane Michael. Eligibility is limited to poultry houses that had poultry present at the time of the hurricane and such poultry must have suffered a 15 percent death loss because of Hurricane Michael to qualify for payment.

  8. Poultry Losses - Application (Manual Only) Application period April 26, 2021 - June 25, 2021
    Poultry Losses Eligibility Requirements

  9. Uninsured Infrastructure Losses Program -  The State will issue payments to eligible producers for uninsured infrastructure losses due to Hurricane Michael. Eligibility is limited to those structures that had commodities present at the time of the hurricane that suffered losses due to the hurricane (ex. Hay barn, grain bin, commodity barn, packing house, etc.). This does not include equipment buildings, repair shops, etc. For a producer to qualify, they must be able to show a 15 percent production loss of a commodity housed inside the farming infrastructure because of the hurricane.

  10. Uninsured Infrastructure Losses - ON-LINE Application (Online Only) Application period April 26, 2021 - June 25, 2021
    Uninsured Infrastructure Losses Eligibility Requirements

  11. Uninsured Infrastructure Irrigation Losses Program -  The State will issue payments to eligible producers for uninsured infrastructure irrigation losses due to Hurricane Michael. Irrigation structures are eligible for reimbursement but is limited to only the structure above ground level and excludes generators, pumps, and wells.

  12. Uninsured Infrastructure Irrigation Losses - ON-LINE Application (Online Only) Application period April 26, 2021 - June 25, 2021
    Uninsured Infrastructure Irrigation Losses Eligibility Requirements



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ADAI Announces $14.9 Million Relief Program for Farmers Impacted by Hurricane Michael

Apr 05, 2021

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Commissioner Rick Pate announced today the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) will be administering the Alabama Agriculture Relief Program (AARP) to provide USDA relief funds to farmers who suffered losses due to Hurricane Michael. In 2018, Alabama’s Wiregrass experienced substantial economic losses due to severe agriculture damage caused by Hurricane Michael.

“Our department has worked closely with the USDA to reach an agreement on a disaster relief package since June 2019. We understand that these disaster funds are a long time coming but we hope the AARP will provide some economic relief for these farmers who suffered devastating losses from Hurricane Michael," said Commissioner Pate. "We want to thank our federal partners for providing this much needed financial assistance to our Wiregrass farmers."

AARP will provide funds for necessary expenses related to losses of beef cattle, poultry, pecans, horticulture crops (including bare-ground losses) and uninsured infrastructure damage related to the consequences of Hurricane Michael in 2018. The eligible affected Alabama counties, per the USDA Disaster Declaration include Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Pike, Montgomery, and Russell.

Funding is available to producers with qualifying losses associated with Hurricane Michael not covered by other USDA disaster programs for the following:

1) Beef Cattle

Eligible beef cattle producers must have experienced conception rate reductions that resulted in the stress placed on beef cattle or mortality losses of the breeding herd. Conception losses will be determined based on the breeding age females in the beef cattle herd as a result of the hurricane.

2) Poultry

Eligible poultry producers must have suffered a 15% death loss and had poultry present at the time of the hurricane. If a property and casualty insurance payment was made, applicants must provide appropriate documents to qualify.

3) Pecan Production

Eligible producers must have suffered damaged or destroyed pecan trees that required removal and replanting. A producer must show a minimum of 15% production loss to qualify.

4) Horticulture crops (including bare-ground losses)

Eligible producers must show a minimum of 15% crop loss to qualify for reimbursement on acres damaged and must have had an adverse impact on bare-ground horticulture practices.

5) Uninsured Infrastructure losses   

Eligible producers must show a 15% production loss of a commodity housed inside farming infrastructure due to Hurricane Michael. Structures must have had commodities present at the time of the hurricane (ex. Hay barn, grain bin, commodity barn, packing house, etc.).  This does not include equipment buildings, repair shops, etc. Payment will be based on cost of repairs/restoration for an in-kind storage structure minus any insurance claim reimbursement and cannot exceed $50,000.00 Irrigation structures are also eligible but is limited to structures above ground level and excludes generators, pumps, and wells.

Before applications are made available, producers interested in applying are strongly encouraged to visit the Department’s website agi.alabama.gov to learn program details. ADAI will host an in-person education and outreach session Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 6:00 pm at the Headland High School gymnasium.

AARP applications will be available, starting Monday, April 26, 2021 at 9:00 am and the application deadline is Friday, June 25, 2021. 

Producers who apply for the AARP must:

1) Be an Alabama resident.

2) The affected farm must be in one of the 13 Hurricane Michael USDA Disaster declared counties.

3) Enroll into the State of Alabama Accounting and Resource System (STAARS).  Refer to agi.alabama.gov for enrollment details.

For questions regarding AARP eligibility, please call 334-240-7100 or email: aarp-questions@agi.alabama.gov.

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