LIVESTOCK ASSISTANCE GRANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Farmers and producers in south Alabama's drought-stricken counties can begin submitting applications for the USDA's Livestock Assistance Grant Program on Oct. 2, says Commissioner Ron Sparks of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.
Producers in 31 Alabama counties are eligible to share in the $50 million for the Livestock Assistance Grant Program recently announced as part of an emergency drought relief package by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. Anyone who owned mature livestock in the counties specified as having "extreme" or "exceptional" drought conditions this year between March 7and Aug. 31 are encouraged to apply.
Those counties are: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Choctaw, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Russell, Tallapoosa, Washington and Wilcox.
Qualified applicants will receive funding based on the highest number of livestock located on their farm between those dates. Mature livestock is defined as cattle, sheep, and goats that have borne offspring. An animal unit conversion will be applied for sheep and goats.
Applications should be postmarked by Oct. 18, and mailed to the attention of Dana Wallace, Department of Agriculture and Industries, P.O. Box 3336, Montgomery, AL 36109. Due to the high number of possible applicants, it may take up to 90 days for processing.
Applications are now available at all offices of Alfa Insurance, Farm Services Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, County Agent and Extension System offices, and stockyards. Applications are also available online at the Department of Agriculture and Industries website
www.agi.alabama.gov or by clicking the link below.
The application includes instructions regarding any additional information that needs to be submitted along with the application, such as proof of purchase. The Livestock Assistance Program funds will be taxable.
For additional information on or assistance with the USDA's Livestock Assistance Program, call (334) 240-3729.
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