Emergency Conservation Program signup in Alexander County begins in March

Farms in Alexander County, Illinois, dealing with severe damage from New Year’s flooding may be eligible for Emergency Conservation Program assistance, and can sign up beginning March 14.

The Alexander/Pulaski Farm Service Agency says it will hold ECP signup from March 14 through May 12. ECP is a cost-share program and is subject to the availability of funds.

Farms in Alexander County may be eligible if the damage:

  • Will be so costly to rehabilitate that federal assistance is or will be needed to make the land productive for agricultural use again.
  • Is unusual, and is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area.
  • Affects the productive capacity of the farmland.
  • Will impair or endanger the land.

A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-share levels of no more than 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures. The farm service agency says no producer is eligible for more than $200,000 cost sharing per natural disaster occurrence.

The following types of restoration measures may be eligible:

  • Removing debris from farmland
  • Grading, shaping, or releveling severely damaged farmland.
  • Restoring permanent fences.
  • Restoring conservation structures and other similar installations.

To be eligible for assistance, practices must not start until:

  • An application for cost-share assistance has been filed.
  • The local FSA County Committee or its representative has conducted an on-site inspection of the damaged area.
  • The Agency responsible for technical assistance, such as Natural Resource Conservation Service, has made a needs determination — which may include cubic yards of earth moving or others — required for rehabilitation

To request assistance, you can contact the Alexander/Pulaski FSA County Office at 618-833-5666.

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