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Emergency Conservation Program signup in Alexander County begins in March

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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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