U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced Texas/Dent County is approved to accept applications for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) to address damages from the ongoing drought.
Signup began Jan. 22 and ends Feb. 22.
According to the county office, approved ECP practices under this authorization may include temporary or permanent measures.
ECP is administered by FSA to assist producers with the cost of recovery activities required to restore the agricultural land to pre-disaster conditions. Producers who sustained damage from this disaster event are encouraged to submit their request for assistance before beginning reconstructive work. Submitting a request after completing qualified reconstructive work may result in forfeiture of program eligibility.
“I realize that there are extenuating circumstances that must be addressed for livestock safety and health reasons, but I strongly recommend at least calling our office before any action is taken,” according to a press release from the office.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture said some of the uses of the funding are:
- Installing pipelines or other facilities for livestock water or existing irrigation systems for orchards and vineyards
- Constructing and deepening wells for livestock water
- Developing springs or seeps for livestock water
FSA county committees will complete an evaluation of submitted requests and obligate available funds based on an on-site inspection of the damaged land, taking into consideration the type and extent of the eligible damage. Completion of the on-site inspection does not guarantee that cost-share funding will be allocated.
The use of obligated funds is limited to return the land to the relative pre-disaster condition.
Conservation concerns that were present on the land before the disaster are not eligible for ECP assistance. Approved ECP applicants may receive up to 75 percent of the cost of completing the approved restoration activity.
For more information, contact the Texas/Dent County FSA office at 417-967-2028, ext. 2.