Federal Assistance Programs
Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)
|Agency:||Farm Service Agency (FSA)|
|Florida Contact:||Kevin Kelly|
Provides emergency funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and for carrying out emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought. Funding for ECP is appropriated by Congress. Funding must by requested by the affected county.
County FSA committees determine land eligibility based on on-site inspections of damage, taking into account the type and extent of damage. For land to be eligible, the natural disaster must create new conservation problems that, if untreated, would impair or endanger the land, materially affect the land's productive capacity, represent unusual damage which, except for wind erosion, is not the type likely to recur frequently in the same area, and be so costly to repair that Federal assistance is or will be required to return the land to productive agricultural use. ECP program participants receive cost-share assistance of up to 75 percent of the cost to implement approved emergency conservation practices, as determined by county FSA
Individual or cumulative requests for cost-sharing of $50,000 or less per person, per disaster are approved at the county committee level. Cost-sharing from $50,001 to $100,000 is approved at the state committee level. Cost-sharing over $100,000 must be approved by FSA's national office.
Further information and help in applying for emergency assistance is available at the FSA county office serving your area. Your nearest FSA county office can be found at http://www.fsa.usa.gov/fl/.