Emergency Conservation

By: News Release
Nov 30th, 2017

11-29-2017  Elkader, Iowa.    Cindy Mensen, County Executive Director for the Clayton County Farm Service Agency (FSA), reports that Clayton County has recently been approved to accept applications for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP).  Producers who have suffered severe damage to their farmland from the July 2017 heavy rains and flooding need to come to the Clayton County FSA office and complete an ECP application during the sign-up period which begins on November 30, 2017 and will end on January 29, 2018.  

A request must be filed before any repair work is started.  Landowners will need to explain the type of damage and give an estimate of the cost to repair the damage.
The damage must be of such magnitude that it would be too costly for a producer to rehabilitate the farmland without Federal assistance.  
The damage must be unusual and not the type of damage that would recur frequently in the same area.
The damage would affect the productive capacity of the farmland.
The damage impairs or endangers the land.

A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-share at 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 minimum cost-share amount is $750.  The Clayton County FSA Committee (COC) has established practice specifications for the following types of potentially eligible damage:
Removing debris from farmland
Grading, shaping or releveling severely damaged farmland
Restoring permanent fences
Restoring structures (such as terraces and water-ways) and other installations

To be eligible for assistance, practices must not be started until FSA or NRCS completes an on-site inspection and assessment of the damage to determine eligibility for the ECP.  The Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) office will provide technical assistance for restoring structures and other installations.  Cost share will be limited to restoration of structures to the pre-disaster condition.  No cost share is authorized for rehabilitation of stream banks, channels, levees or dikes.  Practices not serving a conservation practice prior to the disaster are not eligible for ECP.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clayton County FSA Office at
(563) 245-1713, extension #2.