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Fulton, Izard County farms eligible for Emergency Conservation Program funds due to drought

Thursday, August 2, 2012

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The 2012 drought has caused severe damage in Fulton and Izard 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.

To qualify, the following criteria must be met:

*If damage is so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be needed to return the land to productive agricultural use;
*If damage is unusual and is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area, affecting the productive capacity of the farmland;
*If damage will impair or endanger the land.

A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-share levels from 50 percent to 75 percent, 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 occurence.

The following types of measures may be available:

*EC6 -- Livestock Emergency Water
*EC7 -- Pasture Recovery Critical Watershed Protection Area

Producers who have suffered a loss from a natural disaster may contact the local FSA County Office and request assistance. Sign-ups began on July 23 and will continue through Aug. 23.

To be eligible for assistance, an application for cost-share assistance must be filed. Please call your county office for an appointment: Fulton County FSA -- 870-895-3357; Izard County FSA -- 870-368-4413.



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