Simpson County has been approved to implement the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) for severe damage to eligible agricultural land related to a series of tornadoes on December 16, 2019. Landowners and agricultural producers who suffered a loss from this natural disaster may submit a request for cost-share assistance between February 18, 2020 and April 3, 2020. Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the ECP administered by FSA if the damage:
• Will be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be needed to return the
land to productive agricultural use.
• s unusual and is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area.
• Affect the productive capacity of the farmland.
• Will impair or endanger the land.
A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-share levels not to exceed 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures. Certain limited resource and socially disadvantaged producers may receive up to 90 percent cost-share. No producer is eligible for more than $500,000 cost sharing per natural disaster occurrence. The following types of measures may be eligible:
• removing debris from NIPF
• site preparation on NIPF
• seeding establishing on NIPF, and
• restoring conservation structures and other similar installations.
To be eligible for assistance, practices must not be started until all of the following are met:
• an application for financial assistance (FSA-848) has been filed
• the local FSA County Committee (COC) or its representative has conducted an onsite inspection of the damaged area
• the Agency responsible for technical assistance, such as the State forestry agency has made a needs determination required for rehabilitation.
Affected producers should contact the Simpson County FSA Office at 601-847-0035, extension 2, to make an appointment to file an application for assistance as soon as possible, but no later than close of business Friday, April 3, 2020.
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