2019-04-10 / News

Deadline for the Emergency Conservation Program is April 26

Due to high winds resulting from Hurricane Michael October 10th and 11th 2018, some producers suffered severe storm damage in their orchards. These damages include broken limbs and possibly uprooted trees. There were reports of debris on cropland as well. Farms suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Burke County Farm Service Agency if the damage includes the following:

• WILL BE SO COSTLY TO REHABILITATE THAT FEDERAL ASSISTANCE IS OR WILL BE NEEDED TO RETURN THE LAND TO PRODUCTIVE AGRICULTURAL USE

• IS UNUSUAL AND IS NOT THE TYPE THAT WOULD RECUR FREQUENTLY IN THE SAME AREA

• AFFECT THE PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY OF THE FARMLAND

• WILL IMPAIR OR ENDANGER THE LAND

A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-share levels not to exceed 75% of the eligible cost of restoration measures. The following types may be eligible:

• GRADING, SHAPING, OR RELEVELING SEVERELY DAMAGED FARMLAND

• RESTORING CONSERVATION STRUCTURES AND OTHER SIMILAR INSTALLATIONS

Producers who have suffered a loss from the high winds that occurred October 10th and 11th of 2018 may contact the Burke County FSA Office located at 715 West 6th Street, Waynesboro, GA and may request assistance from March 27, 2019 to April 26, 2019.

To be eligible for assistance, practices must not be started until all the following are met:

• AN APPLICATION FOR COST-SHARE ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN FIELD

• THE LOCAL FSA COUNTY COMMITTEE OR ITS REPRESENTATIVE HAS CONDUCTED AN ONSITE INSPECTION OF THE DAMAGED AREA

Please contact the Burke County Farm Service Agency at 706-554-2109 ext. 2 for more information!

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