(West Plains) – Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director Dennis Johnson announced that the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) has been approved for Howell, Oregon, Shannon and Reynolds County. ECP provides cost-share assistance for livestock water in areas impacted by severe drought.
Johnson says that livestock producers who are facing a critical need for water may be eligible to receive financial assistance through FSA, and that ECP can help with connecting to other water sources and drilling wells.
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 County at 417-256-7117, Oregon County 417-778-7561, Shannon/Reynolds 314-226-3241 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/mo.