Emergency help available through Farm Service Agency
Cost share funds are available to help provide emergency water to livestock for agriculture producers affected by drought in all Kansas counties except Republic, said Adrian J. Polansky, Kansas executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency.
Emergency Conservation Program signup began Oct. 15 and will continue through Nov. 15. Kansas has received $6.1 million in ECP allocation to help producers in need of assistance.
Producers may make a request in approved counties by filing an application for cost-share assistance under the ECP through Nov. 15 at their local Farm Service Agency. ECP is being implemented to assist in providing access to water because of an extended period of severe drought. The local county committee must ensure that the extent of the need is severe enough to necessitate federal assistance.
Participants can receive cost-share assistance of up to 75 percent of the cost for temporary measures and 50 percent of the cost for permanent measures for approved emergency conservation practices. Practices approved are EC6, drought measures (example: constructing and deepening wells, installing pipe to another source of water because primary source is inadequate) and EC7, hauling water for livestock (example: hauling water, tanks and troughs).
Contact the Jefferson/Leavenworth/Wyandotte Farm Service Agency at 700 Jefferson St., Suite A in Oskaloosa; 785-863-2221.