May 8, 2012
Adrian J. Polansky, State Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Kansas announced today that assistance is available for producers affected by tornadoes and high winds in Edwards, Ellsworth, Rice and Stafford counties. The storms occurred on April 14 and 15th.
Producers with eligible damage in approved counties may file an application for cost-share assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) from May 14 through June 22th. ECP provides emergency cost-share assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters. The damage must be of such magnitude that it would be too costly for the producer to rehabilitate without Federal assistance. Participants can receive cost-share assistance of up to 75 percent of the cost to implement approved emergency conservation practices. Practices approved in these counties include: removing debris from farmland; grading, shaping, and re-leveling measures; restoring permanent fences; restoring conservation structures or other installations; and field windbreaks and farmstead shelterbelts emergency measures.
Form FSA-848 must be filed prior to starting the practice.
Conservation problems existing prior to the applicable disaster are ineligible and land subject to frequent damage or susceptible to severe damage is ineligible for ECP assistance.