Farm Service Agency Program Updates for Greenville and Pickens Counties, SC - USDA Offers Recovery Assistance

February 18, 2020

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Greenville and Pickens FSA County 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: Ashley Acuff Ashley.acuff@usda.gov

Program Technicians:
Marina Pariente, Lead FP PT

Kelly Moon, FLP PT

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

Next County Committee Meeting: 
To Be Announced

Important Dates: 
February 28th - 2020 NAP Sales                          Closing Date

March 16th - ARC/PLC Sign-up Deadline for program year 2019.

USDA Offers Recovery Assistance

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts following qualifying natural disasters.

Available programs and loans include:

  • Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) - provides emergency funding for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate land severely damaged by natural disasters; includes fence loss.

  • Tree Assistance Program (TAP)provides assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers for qualifying tree, shrub and vine losses due to natural disaster. 

  • Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) - provides emergency relief for losses due to feed or water shortages, disease, adverse weather, or other conditions, which are not adequately addressed by other disaster programs. ELAP covers physically damaged or destroyed livestock feed that was purchased, or mechanically harvested forage or feedstuffs intended for use as feed for the producer's eligible livestock. In order to be considered eligible, harvested forage must be baled; forage that is only cut, raked or windrowed is not eligible. Producers must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent. For beekeepers, ELAP covers beehive losses (the physical structure) in instances where the hive has been destroyed by a natural disaster including flooding, high winds and tornadoes.

ELAP also covers up to 150 lost grazing days in instances when producer has been forced to remove livestock from a grazing pasture due to floodwaters.                              

For beekeepers, ELAP covers beehive losses (the physical structure) in instances where the hive has been destroyed by a natural disaster including flooding, high winds and tornadoes.