USDA Opens Signup for Emergency Conservation Program in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa, April 12, 2019 – USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Amanda De Jong today announced that FSA offices in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties in Iowa are accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) beginning April 15 to address damages from spring flooding. ECP enrollment deadlines may vary by county, as such, producers need to contact their local FSA office for more information.
The approved ECP practices under this authorization may include debris removal; fencing replacement and repair; grading, shaping and leveling of impacted fields; and conservation structure rehabilitation. For more information on eligible practices, please contact your local FSA county office.
ECP assists producers with the recovery cost to restore the agricultural land to pre-disaster conditions. Approved ECP applicants may receive up to 75 percent of the cost of approved restoration activity.
“Dealing with natural disasters is never easy and the extreme weather we’ve had this spring is going to require we all work together to get farmland back in use. ECP is one more tool producers can utilize on their road to recovery. It is important that producers contact their local FSA office before they take action to permanently repair damages to discuss their options,” said De Jong.
Producers with damage must apply for assistance prior to beginning reconstructive work to qualify for cost-share assistance. The use of ECP funds is limited to activities to return the land to the relative pre-disaster condition. Conservation concerns that were present on the land prior to the flooding are not eligible for ECP assistance.
For more information on the Emergency Conservation Program, please contact your FSA county office. To find your local FSA office, go to offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app. Visit USDA’s www.farmers.gov/recover to learn more about USDA disaster preparedness and response.