Back in April, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) announced they were administering the Alabama Agriculture Relief Program (AARP) to provide USDA relief funds to farmers who suffered losses due to Hurricane Michael in 2018. While the original deadline to apply was June 25th, they want to remind those who experienced necessary expenses related to losses of beef cattle, poultry, pecans, horticulture crops and uninsured infrastructure damage related to the consequences of Hurricane Michael, the deadline was extended to July 26, so you still have two weeks to apply.
The eligible affected Alabama counties per the USDA Disaster Declaration include Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Pike, Montgomery, and Russell.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (USDA-FSA) granted the $14.9 million to the ADAI to help producers that were affected by the storm. This funding is available only to producers with qualifying losses associated with Hurricane Michael not covered by other USDA disaster programs.
AARP program applications will be taken online only through July 26, 2021. For more information about the program and who is eligible to apply, go to the ADAI website.