AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey recently allocated $26 million to assist Alabama agricultural producers and processors that were affected by COVID-19. Through the Alabama Agricultural Stabilization Program (AASP), eligible farmers can apply for this assistance.

The funds for the AASP were allocated from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). In total, Alabama received approximately $1.9 billion through the CARES Act, to which Ivey has appropriated for different programs.

Adam Rabinowitz, an Alabama Extension economist, said the funding through AASP is essential for agribusinesses impacted by COVID-19.

“While the USDA Farm Service Agency is managing the national Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), that program does not cover all segments of agriculture that have been impacted by the pandemic,” Rabinowitz said. “This program helps bridge that gap by providing funding for other producers and processors not covered by CFAP.”

The AASP also provides additional funding for producers that were covered by CFAP but the program did not cover the full price impact or additional costs incurred to protect workers.

Eligible Producers and Processors

The following table from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) depicts the eligible producers and processors, as well as other important information about applying for the program. The information in the table is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit the ADAI website.

 

Alabama Agricultural Stabilization Program*

courtesy of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries

*information is subject to change

Type Amount Applications Available Applications Deadline How to Apply
Meat Processors $1.5 Million August 24 September 15 Contact
Lynn.Blue@agi.alabama.gov
Catfish Processors $500,000 August 24 September 15 Contact
Patrick.Moody@agi.alabama.gov
Fruit & Vegetable Processors $500,000 August 24 September 15 Contact
Don.Wambles@agi.alabama.gov
Cattle Producers $10.5 Million September 8 October 9 Application available online September 8 at www.agi.alabama.gov
Nursery Growers $1 Million September 15 October 15 Application available online September 15 at www.agi.alabama.gov
State CFAP Supplemental Program $8 Million September 15 October 15 Application available online September 15 at www.agi.alabama.gov
Poultry Farmers $4 Million October 1 October 31 Application available online October 1 at www.agi.alabama.gov

 

Limitations

There are some limitations to how producers and processors can use the funds from the AASP. Funds cannot be used for salaries, building projects or capital improvements. There are other limitations that are specific to each program within AASP.

Rabinowitz said these limitations are specific to how different agribusinesses have been impacted as a result of COVID-19.

“For some, the primary disruptions were market access and market prices, while for others it was the need to purchase PPE and other equipment to ensure worker safety,” he said. “This is why different programs within the AASP have different limitations on what losses can be covered or expenses can be reimbursed.”

More Information

For more information on the Alabama Agricultural Stabilization Program, visit the ADAI website. There, producers and processors will find a brief summary of each program under AASP, as well as the entire memorandum of the program. For more information, contact a member of the Alabama Extension farm and agribusiness management team or visit www.aces.edu.

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As the Bibb County Coordinator for Alabama Extension, Matthew D. Hartzell coordinates the implementation of all Extension programs in Bibb County in many program areas. These program areas include 4-H and Youth Development, Animal Sciences, Food Safety and Quality, Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, Family and Child Development, Family Resource Management and Workforce Development, Commercial Horticulture, Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests, Farm and Agribusiness Management, and Community and Economic Development. Hartzell has served in his current position for 12 years and held primary program assignments in Community and Economic Development, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, and Forestry Wildlife and Natural Resources.