Dec 17 2007

Shelby Announces $622 Million for Critical Drought Aid

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced vital funding that will provide relief to Alabama’s drought-stricken agriculture industry. 

Senator Shelby secured emergency agricultural aid as part of the fiscal year 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act.  This provision extends eligibility for the Crop Disaster Program, Livestock Compensation Program and Livestock Indemnity Program through December 31, 2007, and will provide assistance to the agriculture community that is currently suffering from the drought and other natural disasters. 

“In 2007, we have seen Mother Nature wreak havoc throughout the entire nation,” said Shelby.  “Consequently, the agriculture industry is in dire straits with long-term ramifications for the cattlemen, farmer and consumer.  Alabama is suffering from the worst drought in over 100 years.  This funding is an important step to ensure that our agriculture industry has access to financial assistance to help them begin recovering from this disaster.”

On July 2, 2007, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Michael Johanns designated the entire State of Alabama as a primary disaster area due to the drought that began on January 1, 2007.  As a result of the designation, farm operators in all Alabama counties have eight months from the date of the designation to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency for losses that occurred during the 2007 crop year due to drought.