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Idaho County farm producers eligible for assistance, cost-share due to drought

ECP provides cost-share for installing eligible permanent measures



A lack of moisture, over an extended period of time, has caused farm producers in Idaho County to suffer from the effects of severe drought conditions. Farms and ranches experiencing severe drought conditions may be eligible for cost-share assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP).

Assistance applications will be accepted at Idaho Farm Service Agency office in Grangeville through Sept. 30.

ECP is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA), which provides cost-share assistance if the damage is so severe that water available for livestock has been reduced below normal to the extent that they cannot survive without additional water.

A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-shares not to exceed 75 percent of the cost of installing eligible permanent measures. Cost-share assistance for temporary measures is based on 50 percent 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:

• 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 FSA office: Idaho County FSA, 102 South Hall Street, Grangeville; 983-1050, ext. 2.

To be eligible for cost shares, 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 COC or its representative. COC will review the inspection findings when considering the request for cost-shares.

Idaho County eligible for emergency haying, grazing use of CRP acres due to drought

Idaho County is one of nine counties in the state authorized by the Idaho Farm Service Agency for emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres due to drought.

Approved for emergency CRP haying until Aug. 31 and for grazing through Sept. 30 are Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis and Idaho counties.

The CRP emergency haying and grazing authorization for 2015 went into effect on Aug. 12.

Producers who wish to hay or graze their CRP contract acres must sign up and be approved in their local FSA office prior to any emergency haying or grazing activities occurring. There is no payment reduction for CRP acres used for haying and grazing under these emergency provisions. To take advantage of the emergency haying and grazing provisions, authorized producers can use the CRP acreage for their own livestock or may grant another livestock producer use of the CRP acreage. CRP participants can donate but are not allowed to sell the hay.

For questions, contact the Idaho County FSA office in Grangeville, 983-1050, or go online at www.fsa.usda.gov.id .

To take advantage of the emergency haying and grazing provisions, authorized producers can use the CRP acreage for their own livestock or may grant another livestock producer use of the CRP acreage. CRP participants can donate but are not allowed to sell the hay.



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