Alabama received more than $16 million of a $308 million disaster assistance funding package, according to a release issued Jan. 18 by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.



Vilsack said the funding, which was issued to 33 states and Puerto Rico, will help farmers, land owners, communities and others rebuild and repair land damaged on account of flooding, drought, tornadoes and other natural disasters.



“America’s farmers and rural communities are vitally important to our nation’s economy, producing the food, feed, fiber and fuel that continue to help us grow,” said Vilsack.

“This funding will help to rebuild communities, while states can use the funds to carry out emergency recovery measures. At the same time, this assistance keeps farmers on the farm, ranchers on the ranch, and landowners on their land, helping to keep American agriculture profitable.”



Alabama received $9,619, 651 in funding under the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP); $6,160,000 under the Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Conservation Program (ECP); and $776,250 under the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP).



A list of states and their fiscal year 2012 EWP Program allocations can be viewed online HERE. To view a list of states and their fiscal year 2012 ECP and EFRP allocations, click HERE.

For the complete story on the $308 million disaster assistance package, visit http://southeastfarmpress.com/government/secretary-vilsack-announces-disaster-assistance-package.