A recent flood has caused severe damage in Van Buren County. Farms and Ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Van Buren County Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Office if the damage:Will be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be needed to return the land to productive agriculture useIs unusual and is not the type that would recur frequently in the same areaAffect the productive capacity of the farmlandWill impair or endanger the land

A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-share up to 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration. No producer is eligible for more than $200,000 cost sharing per disaster occurrence. The minimum qualifying cost for restoration is $1,000. The following types of measures may be eligible:Removing debris from farmlandRestoring permanent fences

Producers who have suffered a loss from the recent disaster should contact the local FSA Office. Funds are currently not available. To be eligible for assistance, practices must not be started until all of the following are met:An application for cost-share assistance has been filedThe local FSA County Committee or its representative has conducted an onsite inspectionThe Agency responsible for technical assistance, has made a needs determination