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Emergency Conservation Program signup

Copiah County has been approved to implement the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) for severe damage to eligible agricultural land related to flooding that began on February 10. Landowners and agricultural producers who suffered a loss from this natural disaster may submit a request for cost-share assistance between March 23, and April 22. Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the ECP administered by Farm Service Agency (FSA) if the damage: Will 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. Affect the productive capacity of the farmland. Will 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. The following types of measures may be eligible: Debris removal Fencing To be eligible for assistance, practices must not be started until all of the following are met: an application for financial assistance (FSA-848) has been filed the local FSA County Committee (COC) or its representative has conducted an onsite inspection of the damaged area the agency responsible for technical assistance, such as the state forestry agency has made a needs determination required for rehabilitation. Affected producers should contact the Copiah County FSA Office at 601-894-1118, extension 2, to make an appointment to file an application for assistance as soon as possible, but no later than close of business Friday, April 22. Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at

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