The spring floods and storms have caused severe damage in Cleburne and other counties. Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible fo assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office.
If damage will be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be needed to return the land to productive agricultural use, if damage is unusal and is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area affect the productive capacity of the farmland, or if damage will impair or endanger the land, then a producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-share levels not to exceed 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures. No producer is eligible for more than $200,000 cost sharing per natural disaster occurrence.
The following types of measures may be eligible: Removing debris from farmland and restoring permanent fences.
Producers who have suffered a loss from a natural disaster may contact their local FSA county office and request assistance. Sign-up for wind damage began May 1 and runs through June 30. Sign-up for flood damage began on May 12 and runs through July 12. They're asking those interested to call ahead for appointments.
To be eligible for assistance, practices must not be started until all of the following are met: an application for cost-share assistance has been filed, the local FSA County Committee (COC) or its representative has conducted an onsite inspection of the damaged area and pictures of damage have been taken, and the agency responsible for technical assistance has made a needs determination.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Cleburne County FSA office at 501-362-2628.