Flooding has caused severe damage in areas of Carson City, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Washoe, and Mono, CA Counties. Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Offices.

Emergency Conservation Program Assistance Available to Nevada Producers

 

(Reno, NV) - March 18, 2017 -  Flooding has caused severe damage in areas of Carson City, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Washoe, and Mono, CA Counties. Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Offices.

For land to be eligible, the natural disaster must create new conservation problems that, if untreated, would:

  • be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be needed to return the land to productive agricultural use
  • is unusual and is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area
  • affect the productive capacity of the farmland
  • 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. 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
  • grading, shaping, or releveling severely damaged farmland
  • restoring permanent fences
  • restoring conservation structures and other similar installations


Producers who have suffered a loss from a natural disaster may contact the local FSA County
Office and request assistance from March 27, 2017 to May 26, 2017.

 

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
  • the Agency responsible for technical assistance, such as the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), has made a needs determination, which may include cubic yards of earthmoving, etc., required for rehabilitation


For more information on ECP, please contact the local county office or visit FSA online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/nv.

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