CARES Act to provide funds to cattle producers

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Courtesy of Alabama
Cattleman’s Association

Gov. Kay Ivey recently approved the Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program, to much applause from the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA).

The approved program grants the beef cattle industry $10.5 million, which is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Anyone who sold cattle from April 16 through May 15 is eligible to receive assistance.

The ACA helped to create the Alabama Agriculture Stabilization Program alongside the Department of Agriculture and Industries.

“We are appreciative of Gov. Ivey’s continued support and recognition of the importance of Alabama’s beef cattle industry,” said ACA President Larry Reeves. “Economic stability is imperative for cattlemen, and these funds will help alleviate the financial stresses incurred from this ongoing pandemic.”

Cattelmen will provide the state with a sales receipt, which should specify the amount of cattle, when they were sold and the weight of the cattle.

“Those approved will receive $69/head for calves weighing less than 600 pounds, $106/head for cattle 601-900 pounds and $181/head for cattle over 900 pounds,” the release said. “Additionally, $1.5 million have been awarded as a grant program for existing small meat processors in the state to increase slaughter capacity.”

The release said that a study found that there has been a total $13.6 billion loss to the cattle industry.

“Cattle producers across the state have suffered tremendous economic impact during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate. “To the point it threatens the future of their operations. This supplemental program issued by Gov. Kay Ivey will fill a void left by the CFAP program to provide financial security for cattlemen in the state.”

More information can be provided by Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (334-265-1867).

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