(Honolulu, Hawaii) March 24, 2015 – Farmers and ranchers in the counties of Hawaii and Honolulu who suffered damages from severe winds on January 2-3, 2015 may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). A qualifying producer may receive cost share assistance up to 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures, such as debris removal or repair of conservation practices. No producer is eligible to receive more than $200,000 per natural disaster occurrence.

Emergency Conservation Program Workshops to be Held and Sign-Up Deadline March 31, 2015

Contact:
Diane L. Ley
808-541-2600

(Honolulu, Hawaii) March 24, 2015 – Farmers and ranchers in the counties of Hawaii and Honolulu who suffered damages from severe winds on January 2-3, 2015 may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). A qualifying producer may receive cost share assistance up to 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures, such as debris removal or repair of conservation practices. No producer is eligible to receive more than $200,000 per natural disaster occurrence.

Interested producers are required to sign up with FSA by the ECP deadline on March 31, 2015.

Informational workshops for ECP will be held by FSA on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Pahala Community Center and on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Pahoa Community Center. Producers attending the meetings will learn about ECP cost share benefits and sign up requirements. Additionally, producers impacted by Hurricane Iselle who previously signed up for ECP can receive assistance with required forms, records and paperwork at the informational workshops. No workshops will be conducted in Honolulu; however, information is available by calling the local FSA county office.

The FSA Honolulu County Office will take ECP applications for both Hawaii and Honolulu county producers. Call 808-483-8600, extension 2 for an appointment.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting/event/function should contact Lester Ueda at 808-933-8381 extension 1 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 by March 25, 2014.

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