According to Joel Foster, executive director of the Grant County Farm Service Agency (FSA), the derecho storm on May 12 and the tornados on May 30 caused severe damage in Grant County. Agricultural producers who suffered damage could be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the FSA.
For land to be eligible, the natural disaster must create new conservation problems that, if untreated, would: 1. be so costly to rehabilitate that federal assistance is or will be needed to return the land to productive agricultural use 2. is unusual and is not the type that would frequently recur in the same area 3. affect the productive capacity of the farmland 4. impair or endanger the land
If you qualify for ECP assistance, you could receive cost-share levels not to exceed 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures. Eligible socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers and ranchers can receive up to 90 percent of the eligible cost of restoration. No one is eligible for more than $500,000 cost sharing per natural disaster occurrence.
If you’ve suffered a loss from a natural disaster, contact the Grant FSA County Office to request assistance. The deadline to apply is September 2, 2022. For more information about ECP, contact the Grant County FSA office at 605.432.6570 – Extension 2 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.