Gov. Kay Ivey announced last week that she has awarded $26 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund for the Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program.
The Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program will be administered through the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI). Of the $26 million, $10.5 million will go to direct payments to cattle producers, $1.5 million will go to a reimbursement program for meat processing plants, $4 million will go to poultry farmers, $500,000 to catfish processors, $500,000 to fruit and vegetable processors and $1 million to nursery growers. Also, $8 million will go to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which is a program that provides direct relief to producers and farmers that faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Agriculture has an economic impact of over $70 billion in the State of Alabama,” Ivey said in a statement. “I know firsthand how hard our farms work each day, and they are without a doubt a major part of who we are in Alabama.
“Due to COVID-19, numerous farms and processing facilities have struggled to remain open and sell their products. Establishing the Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program is not only the right thing to do to protect our farms but is also key to stabilizing Alabama’s economy.”