Harrison and Doddridge County farmers may be eligible for Emergency Conservation Program assistance

The U.S. Department Of Agriculture says farms in Harrison and Doddridge counties severely hit by the severe storms back on July 4th 2016 may be able to get help under the Emergency Conservation Program from the Harrison-Doddridge Farm Service Agency Office.

If your farm was damaged, you can contact the FSA Office and ask for help from August 15 to September 28.

More information including the requirements in order to get help are included in the full press release below.

FULL PRESS RELEASE:

A Microburst/Severe Storm Event occurred on the evening of July 4, 2016 and caused severe damage in southern areas of Harrison and Doddridge Counties.

Farms suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Harrison-Doddridge Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office.

For land to be eligible, the natural disaster must create new conservation problems that, if untreated, would 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. It would affect the productive capacity of the farmland and impair or endanger the land.

A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-share levels not to exceed 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures. No producer is eligible for more than $200,000 cost sharing per natural disaster occurrence. The following types of measures may be eligible:

Removing debris and downed trees from farmland
Restoring permanent fences

Producers who have suffered a loss from a natural disaster may contact the Harrison-Doddridge FSA Office and request assistance from August 15 to September 28.

To be eligible for assistance, all of the following must be met:
an application for cost-share assistance has been filed
the local FSA County Committee (COC) or its representative has conducted an onsite inspection of the damaged area and recommendations have been made.

For more information about ECP, please contact the Harrison-Doddridge FSA Office at 304-624-9232 before the September 28th deadline.