Governor Kay Ivey recently awarded $26 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to help the agriculture industry in Alabama.
The money is from the $1.9 billion Alabama received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress.
The Legislature approved Ivey’s proposal to apply $300 million of that to support citizens, businesses, and organizations directly hurt by the pandemic, and the $26 million allocation for agriculture is from that funding.
The funds will go to the Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program,
The money will be allocated as follows:
- Direct payment business stabilization grants to cattle producers- $10.5 million
- Meat processing plant reimbursement program- $1.5 million
- Poultry farmer stabilization grant program- $4 million
- Catfish processor reimbursement program- $500,000
- Fruit & vegetable processor reimbursement program- $500,000
- State supplemental CFAP grant program- $8 million
- Nursery grower reimbursement program- $1 million
Also Tuesday, the governor’s office announced that Ivey had awarded $7 million in CARES Act funding to the Alabama Department of Mental Health, which includes $6 million for the Community Provider Reimbursement program and $1 million for the Crisis & Recovery Services program.