Jan 25 2008

Shelby Announces Disaster Loan Availability for Alabama Farmers

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that farmers and ranchers who suffered livestock, livestock feed and crop losses between the dates of February 28, 2007, and December 31, 2007, can now apply to receive disaster payments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“The drought that has plagued Alabama and the entire Southeast has placed a heavy burden on our state’s farmers and ranchers,” said Shelby.  “Hopefully the extension of the USDA’s disaster assistance programs will help mediate the losses so many in the agriculture community have incurred.  I encourage all those impacted by the drought to apply for this assistance.”

Senator Shelby secured emergency agricultural aid as part of the fiscal year 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act which was signed into law by President Bush on December 26, 2007.  This measure allows agricultural producers who suffered losses for crops planted before Feb. 28, 2007, or eligible livestock or livestock feed losses between Jan. 1, 2005, and Feb. 28, 2007, to apply for disaster payments under the Crop Disaster Program (CDP), Livestock Compensation Program (LCP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). The 2008 Act extends CDP, LCP and LIP payments to eligible farmers and ranchers who suffered 2007 crop, livestock and livestock feed losses throughout the 2007 crop year before Dec. 31, 2007.

For more information or to apply for assistance, please contact your local Farm Service Agent or visit the Farm Service Agency website at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.