2010-12-16 / Local & State

Enrollment Deadline Draws Near For Cost-Share Assistance

A lack of moisture occurring during the summer of 2010 has caused Fulton County producers to suffer from the effects of severe drought conditions. Farms and ranches experiencing severe drought conditions may be eligible for cost-share assistance under ECP (Emergency Conservation Program). This disaster program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA), which provides cost-share assistance if the damage is so severe that water available for livestock or orchards and vineyards has been reduced below normal to the extent that neither can survive without additional water.

A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost shares not to exceed 75 percent of the cost of installing eligible temporary measures. Cost sharing for permanent measures is based on 50 percent of the total eligible cost. Cost-share assistance is limited to $200,000 per person or legal entity per natural disaster. Technical assistance will be provided by the USDA Natural Resource and Conservation Service. Approved practices and measures may include:

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.

Producers who have experienced severe drought conditions requiring outside assistance to provide supplemental emergency livestock water may contact the Fulton County office. Requests for assistance will be accepted at the Fulton County FSA Office until December 30, 2010.

To be eligible for cost shares, practices shall not be started until a request has first been filed at the Fulton FSA County Office located at 216 North Second Street, McConnellsburg (telephone 485-3231) and an onsite inspection of the problem area has been made by a county committee representative. The county committee will review the inspection findings when considering the request for cost shares.

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