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Emergency conservation assistance available in 14 counties in NevadaEmergency conservation assistance available in 14 counties in Nevada

Cost sharing provided for producers in impacted region

T.J. Burnham 1

May 15, 2015

2 Min Read

USDA Nevada Farm Service Agency Executive Director, Clint Koble announces that 14 counties are approved to accept applications for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) which provides cost-share assistance when drought conditions are so severe that water available for livestock or orchards and vineyards has been reduced below normal to the extent that neither can survive without additional water.

"A lack of moisture over an extended period of time, has caused many producers in Nevada to suffer significant losses from the effects of the ongoing, severe drought conditions," says Koble. "Through our ECP program, FSA can provide financial assistance to mitigate some of these losses."

The following counties in Nevada are eligible for ECP assistance:  Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, Washoe and Carson City. 

Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties in California, which are serviced by the FSA county office in Yerington, Nevada, are also eligible for ECP assistance.

Eligible farmers and ranchers who qualify for ECP assistance may receive cost-share assistance not to exceed 50 percent of the cost of installing eligible temporary measures.  The use of obligated funds is limited to return the land to the relative pre-disaster condition. Conservation concerns that were present on the land prior to the disaster are not eligible for ECP assistance.

To be eligible for cost-share assistance, practices should not be started until a request has first been filed at the FSA County Office and an onsite inspection of the problem area has been conducted by the County Committee or its representative.

"I realize that there are extenuating circumstances that must be addressed for livestock safety and health reasons, but I strongly recommend at least calling our office before any action is taken," Koble notes. 

Cost-share funding is based on 75% of the total eligible cost for the practice and is limited to $200,000 per person or legal entity per natural disaster. Approved ECP practices and measures may include:
•installing pipelines or other facilities for livestock water
•constructing and deepening wells for livestock water
•supply emergency water for existing irrigation systems serving orchards and vineyards

Producers who have experienced severe drought conditions requiring outside assistance to provide supplemental emergency livestock water may contact the local FSA County Office where requests for assistance will be accepted from May 18 to July 17, 2015.

About the Author(s)

T.J. Burnham 1

Editor, Western Farmer-Stockman

T.J. Burnham has covered western agriculture for 42 years. A University of Michigan journalism program grad, he worked for The Sacramento Bee for 15 years before moving into specialty farm magazine writing. He has been on the Farm Progress staff for 10 years.

"A lot of my uncles back in Michigan were farmers, but my interest was primarily to become a hot shot city desk reporter. Once I was given a job at the Bee on the metro desk, they told me that they’d hired too many new reporters, and half of us had to go. However, they said there was an opening in the newspaper’s ag division, and if I worked there until the probationary period was over, I could be reassigned to general reporting. I took the job, but by the time the probation period was ended, I found I enjoyed covering ag so much that I never asked to go back to the city side.”

T.J. joined Farm Progress as a California Farmer reporter, then became editor of the Western Farmer-Stockman. He has earned a reputation in the West as a strong source of direct seed information, and has affiliated Western Farmer-Stockman as the official magazine of the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association.

His wife, Sally, writes for the magazine and helps with bookwork concerning freelance writers from the eight western state arena which the magazine serves.

T.J. likes hiking and fishing, and dabbles in woodworking projects. He also enjoys gardening and photography.

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