Texas receives additional USDA Emergency Conservation Funds

Source: USDA Farm Service Agency

USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director, James B. Douglass announced that Texas was allocated an additional $6,414,000 of Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funds. These funds are in addition to regular ECP funds previously issued across the state.

In Texas, 27 counties were approved for ECP assistance because they were designated as a primary disaster county under a Presidential Disaster Declaration issued for damages from 2011 wildfires. Below is the breakdown of ECP allocations by county.

Anderson $35,000 Crockett $800,000 Nolan $800,000
Archer $10,000 Dickens $40,000 Palo Pinto $150,000
Bastrop $425,000 Foard $150,000 Pecos $470,000
Brewster $600,000 Haskell $55,000 Presidio $55,000
Caldwell $285,000 Houston $35,000 Stephens $150,000
Clay $105,000 Hutchinson $25,000 Stonewall $280,000
Coke $530,000 Jack $120,000 Throckmorton $300,000
Colorado $200,000 Leon $45,000 Trinity $33,000
Cottle $210,000 Mitchell $30,000 Waller $55,000

The dollar amounts allocated by county are initial estimates only and could vary depending on the number of applications received per county. In addition, the entire state allocation has not been distributed; a reserve was withheld to allow flexibility in allocations.

ECP is administered by FSA and additional funds were allocated to assist producers with the cost of recovery activities required to restore the agricultural land to pre-disaster conditions. Producers who sustained damage from the 2011 wildfires are encouraged to submit their request for assistance prior to beginning reconstructive work. Submitting a request after completing qualified reconstructive work may result in forfeiture of program eligibility.

“I realize that there are extenuating circumstances that must be addressed for public and livestock safety and health reasons, but I strongly recommend at least calling our office before any reconstructive action is taken,” said Douglass.

FSA County Committees will complete an evaluation of submitted requests and obligate available funds based on an on-site inspection of the damaged land, taking into consideration the type and extent of the eligible damage. The use of funds obligated under ECP authority 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. Approved ECP applicants may receive up to 75 percent of the cost of completing the approved restoration activity.

For more information on ECP, please contact your local FSA office.