Alabama vegetable and specialty crop producers have until July 26 to apply for the Alabama Agricultural Relief Program. According to the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019, provides funds for necessary expenses related to losses of crops, trees, bushes and vines related to Hurricane Michael in 2018.
The United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency agreed to grant $14.9 million to the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. The eligible affected areas must be in a Hurricane Michael Disaster Declared Alabama County. These include Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Pike, Montgomery and Russell.
The State will issue payments to eligible producers for horticulture crop losses. To be eligible, a producer must show a minimum of 15% crop loss as a result of Hurricane Michael to qualify for the practice reimbursement on those affected acres.
Click here to apply if you are a horticulture crop producer.
The State will also issue payments to eligible pecan producers impacted by Hurricane Michael. Trees were severely impacted by the storm, requiring removal and replanting of trees. Producers will have decreased production over several years waiting for newly planted pecan trees to reach full production. Producers are eligible to receive a payment for variable rate of lost production. To be eligible, a producer must show a minimum of 15% production loss as a result of Hurricane Michael to qualify for the production loss payment.
Click here to apply if you are a pecan producer.
Producers can also apply Uninsured Infrastructure Losses Program and Uninsured Infrastructure Irrigation Losses Program.