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 agi.alabama.gov or crf.alabama.gov 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.