Emergency Conservation Program

 

To enable farmers to perform emergency conservation measures to control wind erosion on farmlands, to rehabilitate farmlands damaged by wind erosion, floods, hurricanes, or other natural disasters and to carry out emergency water conservation or water enhancing measures during periods of severe drought.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.054
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Farm Service Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR A SPECIFIED USE
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Agricultural Credit Act of 1978, Public Law 95-334, 92 Stat. 420, 16 U.S.C 2201-2205.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Any agricultural producer who as owner, landlord, tenant, or sharecropper on a farm or ranch, including associated groups, and bears a part of the cost of an approved conservation practice in a disaster area, is eligible to apply for cost-share conservation assistance. This program is also available in American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Any agricultural producer who as owner, landlord, tenant, or sharecropper on a farm or ranch, including associated groups, and bears a part of the cost of an approved conservation practice in a disaster area, is eligible to apply for cost-share conservation assistance. This program is also available in American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Credentials/Documentation
Identification as an eligible person and proof of contribution to the cost of performing the conservation practice. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Eligible persons may submit an application on Form AD-245, for cost-sharing, at the county FSA office for the county in which the affected land is located. .
Award Procedure
The county FSA committee reviews, prioritizes, and may approve applications in whole or in part. Approvals cannot exceed the county allocation of Federal funds for that purpose.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 15 to 30 days. From 2 to 3 weeks.
Appeals
Participants may appeal to county FSA committee, State FSA committee, or National Appeals Division (NAD) on any determination. Matters that are generally applicable to all producers are not appealable.
Renewals
Certain approvals may be extended by the FSA county committee, when necessary, with proper justification.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Following a natural disaster, the county FSA committee determines, with concurrence from the State FSA committee, to make the program available in the county. Emergency cost- sharing is limited to new conservation problems created by natural disasters which, if not treated will impair or endanger the land, materially affect the productive capacity of the land, represent damage that is unusual in character and, except for wind erosion, is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area and will be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be required to return the land to productive agricultural use. Eligible drought situations for water enhancing measures must be determined by the Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs, FSA.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not Applicable.
Auditing
Not Applicable.
Records
Maintained in the county FSA office and Federal record centers for a specified number of years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Practice cost-share approvals are given on a fiscal year basis. The approvals specify the time that the practice must be carried out. Payment is by check or electronic funds transfer following completion of the measure. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Farmers are advised to contact their local county FSA office after a natural disaster has occurred to determine whether the program is available in the county and to determine eligibility for emergency cost-share assistance. Consult the local telephone directory for location of the county FSA office. If no listing, get in touch with the appropriate State FSA office listed in the Farm Service Agency section of Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Martin Bomar 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Martin.Bomar@wdc.usda.gov Phone: 202-205-4537 Fax: 202-720-4619
Website Address
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/emergency-conservation/index
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-3316-0-1-453.
Obligations
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 14 $28,032,525; FY 15 est $40,000,000; and FY 16 est $56,807,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program regulations published in the Federal Register at 7 CFR, Part 701. Program is announced through the news media in the county area designated as a disaster area.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 


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