Olympic Peninsula Conservation Programs
Emergency Conservation Program (ECF)
USDA Farm Service Agency
Helps farmers and ranchers to repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters and to help put in place methods for water conservation during severe drought.
Natural disasters can devastate farmland and grazing land and threaten the livelihood of farmers and ranchers who depend on the land on which they live. The ECP can help to lessen this burden, providing assistance in overcoming exceptional damage from storms and severe drought.
For land to qualify for ECP funds, the damage from the natural disaster or severe drought must create new conservation problems that if not dealt with would:
Further damage the land
Significantly affect the land’s productive capacity
Represent damage from a natural disaster unusual for the area (an exception to this is damage from wind erosion)
Be too costly to repair without Federal assistance in order to return the land to agricultural production
Up to 75% of the cost to implement emergency conservation practices can be provided, however the final amount is determined by the committee reviewing the application. Qualified limited resource producers may earn up to 90% cost-share. The FSA County Committee is able to approve applications up to $50,000 while $50,001 to $100,000 requires state committee approval. Amounts over $100,000 require the approval of the national FSA office.
Information last updated on December 1, 2020.
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