Alabama cattle farmers affected by the coronavirus pandemic can apply for $10.5 million in grants through the Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program (AASP). Applications close Oct. 9 at crf.alabama.gov.
Farmers who sold cattle from April 16-May 15 are eligible. Slaughter cattle and bulls do not qualify.
The maximum per-head payment equations for beef cattle are:
- Less than 600 pounds X $69/head
- 600-900 pounds X $106/head
- Over 900 pounds X $181/head
The Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries (ADAI) will distribute the payments, which are available thanks to state funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
After beef cattle payments have been processed and all dairy cattle applications are received, dairy production payment amounts will be figured. If claiming payment for dairy production, the farmer must have been eligible for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for dairy production.