$87.5 Million Aids Producers Protecting Conservation After Natural Disasters

August 20, 2008 07:00 PM
 

By AgWeb.com editors



USDA announced that farmers and ranchers will receive funding to repair land damage created by natural disasters in 34 states since September 2007.

Producers will use the $87.5 million in Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funding for removal of farmland debris, restoring fences and repairing conservation structures which were caused or damaged by floods, and for carrying out emergency water conservation measures in response to severe drought.

For land to be eligible, the natural disaster must create new conservation problems that:

  • if untreated, will impair or endanger the land;
  • materially affect the land's productive capacity;
  • represent unusual damage that, except for wind erosion, is not of the type likely to recur frequently in the same area; and
  • would be so costly to repair that federal assistance is or will be required to return the land to productive agricultural use.

All of the above conditions must be met for eligibility. Conservation problems existing prior to the disaster are not eligible for cost-share assistance. FSA county committees determine land eligibility based on on-site inspections of damage, taking into account the type and extent of damage.

The states and estimated dollar amounts for ECP funding are:

Alabama $359,000   Mississippi $431,000
Arkansas $4,633,000   Montana 1,683,000
California $27,000   North Carolina $766,000
Colorado $354,600   Nebraska $2,010,000
Connecticut $51,000   Nevada $187,000
Georgia $4,089,000   Oklahoma $10,219,000
Hawaii $415,000   Oregon $579,000
Iowa $12,208,500   South Carolina $782,000
Idaho $93,000   South Dakota $1,825,000
Illinois $9,473,000   Tennessee $4,491,000
Indiana $10,742,000   Texas $5,767,000
Kansas $610,000   Utah $193,000
Kentucky $2,840,000   Virginia $1,400,000
Maine $101,000   Vermont $45,000
Michigan $34,000   Washington $2,298,000
Minnesota $713,000   Wisconsin $3,037,000
Missouri $5,051,000   Wyoming $20,000

A detailed list of counties and associated specific disasters is on FSA's Web site. A national map with a visual depiction of the affected counties and disaster types is on the FSA Web site. The $87.5 million comes from an appropriation of $89.4 million for ECP. The remainder will be allocated as additional requests are processed. For further information on eligibility requirements as well as applications, producers may visit their local FSA office or online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.


 

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