"Livestock producers who are facing a critical need for water may be eligible to receive financial assistance through FSA," Johnson said. "ECP can help with connecting to other water sources, drilling wells, but the most important thing is that interested producers talk to the office prior to taking any action."
ECP provides financial assistance for up to 75 percent of the cost to implement approved temporary emergency practices, and up to 50 percent of permanent practices. Limited Resource producers may be eligible for 90% cost share. Applications are accepted now through September 5, 2012.
Producers must submit their requests for ECP assistance to FSA prior to beginning any work. Completing any action, such as well drilling, before submitting an ECP request could result in forfeiture of program eligibility.
For more information on the Emergency Conservation Program, or information on drought assistance, call the Local County FSA office. Contact information for your local FSA office is: Howell: 417-256-7117, or Oregon: 417-778-7561, or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/mo.