USDA Provides $20.1 Million in ECP Funds to 26 States

Emergency Conservation Program funds give producers resources to rehabilitate farmland damaged by floods, drought, wildfires and other natural disasters in recent years.


Published on: Mar 16, 2006

USDA's Farm Service Agency will allocate close to $20.1 million in Emergency Conservation Program funding to 26 states affected by natural disasters.

"These funds will help farmers and ranchers rehabilitate farmland damaged by floods, drought, wildfires and other natural disasters in recent years," explains Agriculture Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner.

ECP gives producers resources to remove debris from farmland, restore fences and conservation structures, provide water for livestock in drought situations and grade and shape farmland damaged by a natural disaster. Locally-elected FSA county committees implement ECP for all disasters other than drought, which is done by FSA's national office. Eligible producers receive cost-share assistance of up to 75% of the cost of approved practices, as determined by FSA county committees. The $20.1 million in ECP funds allocated today are from unused funds from various states.

Among the 26 states receiving the funding announced today are Texas and Oklahoma, which are continuing to face drought and severe wildfire conditions. Texas will receive more than $3.9 million, while Oklahoma will receive over $2.7 million.

FSA is allocating $20,142,400 in ECP funds to 26 states as follows:

State

County

Disaster Type

Amount

Alabama

Tallapoosa

Tornado

$10,000

Arkansas

Baxter, Conway, Van Buren

Tornado

$220,100

.

Benton, Bradley, Calhoun, Clark, Columbia, Drew, Faulkner, Hempstead, Lafayette, Little River, Madison, Nevada, Ouachita, Perry, Polk, Sevier, Sharp, Union, Washington

Drought

$2,236,500

Arizona

Coconino, Mohave, Pima, Santa Cruz, Yavapai

Flood

$130,000

California

Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Siskiyou, Sonoma

Flood

$2,537,800

Colorado

Garfield

Wildfire

$15,000

Connecticut

Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland, Windham

Flood

$210,000

Georgia

Bibb, Carroll, Crawford, Fulton, Heard, Johnson, Peach, Pike

Tornado

$242,500

.

Colquitt, Thomas

Flood

$33,800

.

Harris, Heard, Marion, Peach, Talbot, Taylor

Hurricane

$195,000

Illinois

Brown, Bureau, Cass, Cumberland, Fulton, Macoupin, McDonough, Menard, Morgan, Stark

Drought

$301,500

Indiana

Shelby, Warrick

Tornado

$90,000

Kansas

Atchison, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Shawnee

Flood

$930,000

Kentucky

Adair, Bell, Breathitt, Bourbon, Boyle, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Estill, Fayette, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe

Drought

$2,666,100

.

Crittenden, Hart, Marshall

Tornado

$143,000

Maine

Aroostook

Flood

$150,000

Massachusetts

Bristol, Franklin, Plymouth

Flood

$225,000

Missouri

Barry, Cedar, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Jasper, Lawrence, Monroe, Phelps, Polk, Ralls

Drought

$777,100

.

Dent, Oregon

Tornado

$80,000

Nevada

Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Washoe

Flood

$311,000

New Hampshire

Cheshire, Sullivan

Flood

$405,000

North Carolina

Rutherford

Flood

$45,000

Ohio

Washington

Drought

$85,000

Oklahoma

Atoka, Bryan, Caddo, Carter, Cleveland, Coal, Creek, Dewey, Garvin, Grady, Haskell, Johnston, LeFlore, Love, Marshall, McClain, Murray, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Pottawatomie, Stephens, Tillman, Washington, Woodward

Drought

$1,883,000

.

Beaver, Bryan, Choctaw, Coal, Cotton, Hughes, Jefferson, Johnston, Logan, Murray, Oklahoma, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Woodard

Wildfire

$771,500

.

Caddo

Flood

$91,200

Pennsylvania

Bedford, Centre, Clinton, Fulton

Drought

$79,000

Rhode Island

Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, Washington

Flood

$100,000

Tennessee

Benton, Dickson, Henry, Montgomery, Roane

Tornado

$240,000

.

Macon, Van Buren, Warren, White

Drought

$425,000

Texas

Bowie, Camp, Collin, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Morris, Rains, Red River, Titus, Wood

Drought

$1,916,800

.

Callahan, Donley, Eastland, Erath, Montague, Sterling

Wildfire

$2,012,500

Vermont

Addison, Crittenden, Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans, Washington

Ice Storm

$246,000

.

Caledonia, Orange, Windsor

Snow Storm

$30,000

.

Bennington

Flood

$15,000

Washington

Columbia, Garfield

Wildfires

$293,000

.

.

TOTAL

$20,142,400

Producers can contact their local FSA offices regarding ECP sign-up periods, which are set by the county FSA committees. For a producer's land to be eligible, the disaster must create new conservation problems that, if left untreated, would impair or endanger the land and affect its productive capacity. Conservation problems that existed before the applicable disasters are not eligible for ECP assistance.