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The Farm Service Agency is accepting applications for emergency water projects through Aug. 6.

July 18, 2018

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WATER SUPPLY: If dry, hot weather continues, cattle producers may experience a shrinking water supply. The FSA is offering to help with cost-sharing projects to bring water to cattle.Jevtic/Getty Images

Missouri producers are suffering from a lack of moisture, creating severe drought in some portions of the state. Farms and ranches experiencing severe drought conditions may be eligible for cost-share assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP).

ECP is administered by the USDA and Farm Service Agency (FSA). It provides cost-share assistance if the damage is 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 producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost shares not to exceed 50% of the cost of installing eligible temporary measures. Cost sharing for permanent measures is based on 75% of the total eligible cost. Cost-share assistance is limited to $200,000 per person or legal entity per natural disaster. Approved practices and measures may include the following:

• installing pipelines or other facilities for livestock water or existing irrigation systems for orchards and vineyards

• constructing and deepening wells for livestock water

• developing springs or seeps for livestock water

Producers who have experienced severe drought conditions requiring outside assistance to provide supplemental emergency livestock water may contact the local FSA county office. Requests for assistance will be accepted at the FSA office in Putnam County, Mo., until Aug. 6.

To be eligible for cost share, practices shall 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 made by the FSA county committee or its representative. The FSA county committee will review the inspection findings when considering the request for cost shares.

Source: USDA Farm Service Agency


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