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Alabama Agricultural Stabilization Program Update

Aug 20, 2020

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.

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).
  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.
  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.
  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.

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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