Harrison County FSA accepting ECP applications


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director Donita Kenkel has announced that Harrison County is accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) to address damages from the April 26 tornadoes. ECP signup began on June 6 and will end on August 5.

The approved ECP practices under this authorization include (EC1) removing debris from farmland and (EC3) restoring permanent fences.

ECP assists producers with the recovery cost to restore the farmland to pre-disaster conditions. Approved ECP applicants may receive up to 75% of the cost of approved restoration activity. Limited resource, socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers and ranchers may receive up to 90% cost-share.

Dealing with natural disasters is never easy, especially when you have to consider the health and safety of livestock, but it’s important for producers to call our office before they take any action,” Kenkel said.

Producers with damage must apply for assistance prior to beginning reconstructive work. FSA’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and environmental compliance review process is required to be completed before any actions are taken. Submitting an application after reconstructive work has been completed may not qualify for ECP. 

FSA county committees will evaluate applications based on an on-site inspection of the damaged land, taking into consideration the type and extent of the damage. An on-site inspection does not guarantee that cost-share funding will be provided.

The 2018 Farm Bill increased the payment limitation for ECP to $500,000 per disaster. 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 disaster are not eligible for ECP assistance.

For more information on ECP, please contact the Harrison County FSA office at (712) 644-2040 or visit farmers.gov/recover.