Farm Service Agency Program Updates for Greenville and Pickens Counties, SC

May 2019

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Greenville and Pickens FSA County Office Updates


Greenville and Pickens FSA County Office

301 University Ridge, Suite 4700 Greenville, SC  29601

Phone: 864-920-6407
Fax: 855-589-8995

County Executive Director: Glenn Thomas glenn.thomas@usda.gov

Acting Farm Loan Manager:   
Braden Iusti  braden.iusti@usda.gov

Program Technicians:
Marina Pariente, Lead FP PT
Kelly Moon, FLP PT

County Committee:
James A. Scott, III, Chairperson Jeff Pepper
Rocky Burdett
Margaret Harrison, COC Advisor

Next County Committee Meeting:  To Be Announced

Pickens County Producers May be Eligible for Emergency Conservation Program Assistance

Heavy rain and flooding has caused severe damage in areas of Pickens County.

Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Greenville & Pickens County Farm Service Agency (FSA).

For land to be eligible, the natural disaster must create new conservation problems that, if untreated, would:

  • be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be needed to return the land to productive agricultural use
  • is unusual and is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area
  • affect the productive capacity of the farmland
  • impair or endanger the land

A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-share levels not to exceed 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures. Eligible socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers and ranchers can receive up to 90 percent of the eligible cost of restoration. No producer is eligible for more than $500,000 cost sharing per natural disaster occurrence.

The following type of measures may be eligible:

  • grading, shaping, or releveling severely damaged farmland.

Producers who have suffered a loss from a natural disaster may contact the Greenville & Pickens FSA County Office and request assistance from June 3 to July 2, 2019.