The following types of measures may be eligible for cost share assistance:
installing pipe to another source of water because the primary source is inadequate
water storage facilities, including tanks and troughs above ground, if needed to supply water for immediate need of livestock
constructing or deepening wells for livestock water
developing springs or seeps for livestock water
hauling water for livestock
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 filed
USDA employee has conducted an onsite inspection
USDA has completed a technical needs determination.
USDA has completed an Environmental Compliance Evaluation
In certain instances, the County Committee may grant relief on a case-by-case basis for those producers who had to take immediate steps to prevent further losses, provided they apply within 15 calendar days of the start of signup and the practice was started no more than 60 calendar days before the ECP designation was approved for the county.
To qualify for ECP cost-share assistance, FSA policy requires that a producers total cost of all practices needed must be at least $1,000. A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost share levels not to exceed 50 percent of the eligible cost of installing eligible permanent measures, or 75 percent for temporary measures. Limited resource producers may qualify for up to 90 percent cost share.
Producers need to be aware that although the county office may accept requests and conduct field visits, this does not imply that cost share assistance will be made available.
For more information, or to file an application for assistance, contact the Wilson County FSA Office at 925 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon, or phone 444-1890, Extension 2.