Emergency Conservation Program

To enable farmers to perform emergency conservation measures to control wind erosion on farmlands, to rehabilitate farmlands damaged by wind erosion, floods, hurricanes, or other natural disasters and to carry out emergency water conservation or water enhancing measures during periods of severe drought.
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Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - Farmers are advised to contact their local county FSA office after a natural disaster has occurred to determine whether the program is available in the county and to determine eligibility for emergency cost-share assistance.

Consult the local telephone directory for location of the county FSA office.

If no listing, get in touch with the appropriate State FSA office listed in the Farm Service Agency section of Appendix IV of the Catalog.


Program Accomplishments

Not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Following a natural disaster, the county FSA committee determines, with concurrence from the State FSA committee, to make the program available in the county.

Emergency cost- sharing is limited to new conservation problems created by natural disasters which, if not treated will impair or endanger the land, materially affect the productive capacity of the land, represent damage that is unusual in character and, except for wind erosion, is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area and will be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be required to return the land to productive agricultural use.

Eligible drought situations for water enhancing measures must be determined by the Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs, FSA.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any agricultural producer who as owner, landlord, tenant, or sharecropper on a farm or ranch, including associated groups, and bears a part of the cost of an approved conservation practice in a disaster area, is eligible to apply for cost-share conservation assistance.

This program is also available in Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any agricultural producer who as owner, landlord, tenant, or sharecropper on a farm or ranch, including associated groups, and bears a part of the cost of an approved conservation practice in a disaster area, is eligible to apply for cost-share conservation assistance. This program is also available in Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Credentials/Documentation

Identification as an eligible person and proof of contribution to the cost of performing the conservation practice. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No.

A-102 and E.O.12372.

Application Procedures

Eligible persons may submit an application on Form AD-245, for cost-sharing, at the county FSA office for the county in which the affected land is located. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular Nos. A-102 and A-110.

Award Procedures

The county FSA committee reviews, prioritizes, and may approve applications in whole or in part. Approvals cannot exceed the county allocation of Federal funds for that purpose.

Deadlines

Applications for payment must be filed with the county FSA committee by a prescribed date. The conservation practice for which cost-shares have been approved must be completed during the program year, within the time specified by the county FSA committee, and such performance reported to the county office within a specified time.

Authorization

Agricultural Credit Act of 1978, Title IV, Public Law 95-334, 16 U.S.C. 2201-2205, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 2 to 3 weeks.

Appeals

Participants may appeal to county FSA committee, State FSA committee, or National Appeals Division (NAD) on any determination. Matters that are generally applicable to all producers are not appealable.

Renewals

Certain approvals may be extended by the FSA county committee, when necessary, with proper justification.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Practice cost-share approvals are given on a fiscal year basis. The approvals specify the time that the practice must be carried out. Payment is by check or electronic funds transfer following completion of the measure.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Not applicable.

Audits

Recipients are subject to audit by the Office of Inspector General, USDA.

Records

Maintained in the county FSA office and Federal record centers for a specified number of years.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-3316-0-1-453.

Obigations

(Direct payments) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$50 to $64,000; $2,681.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program regulations published in the Federal Register at 7 CFR, Part 701. Program is announced through the news media in the county area designated as a disaster area.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Farmers are advised to contact their local county FSA office after a natural disaster has occurred to determine whether the program is available in the county and to determine eligibility for emergency cost-share assistance. Consult the local telephone directory for location of the county FSA office. If no listing, get in touch with the appropriate State FSA office listed in the Farm Service Agency section of Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

USDA/FSA/CEPD, Stop 0513, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-0513. Telephone: (202) 720-6221.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.



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