Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced USDA is providing more than $12 million in Emergency Conservation Program funding to farmers and ranchers in 14 states to repair farmland damaged by natural disasters this year. Eligible producers can use the funding to remove farmland debris, restore fences, grade and shape land and repair conservation structures damaged by floods, tornadoes or wildfires. The funds can also be used to carry out emergency water conservation measures after severe drought.
Vilsack says the funds will help producers recover from several potentially devastating events and further USDA's ongoing efforts to maintain a healthy ag economy that conserves the environment. For land to be eligible the natural disaster must have damaged existing conservation measures that will endanger the land if untreated; affect the land's productive capacity; represent unusual damage that is not likely to recur frequently in the same area; and would cost so much to repair that federal assistance is or will be required to return the land to productive agricultural use.