Livestock Assistance Grant Applications Available
AL Farm Bureau
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.