Farm Service Agency Program Updates for Greenville and Pickens Counties, SC - Emergency Conservation Applications Being Accepted

April 8, 2020

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Greenville and Pickens FSA County Updates


Greenville and Pickens FSA County Office
301 University Ridge, Ste 4700 Greenville, SC 29601

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

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

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 Date:  
June 30th - ARC/PLC Sign-up Deadline for program year 2020.

 

Greenville and Pickens Counties FSA is Accepting Emergency Conservation Program Applications

The Greenville and Pickens Counties Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications from eligible producers for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) to address damages on farms from the flooding event that occurred on February 6, 2020. The ECP signup period will begin on April 8, 2020, and end on June 6, 2020.

The approved ECP practices under this authorization include:

  • EC-1 – Removing Debris from Farmland;
  • EC-2 – Grading, Shaping, Releveling or Similar Measures;
  • EC-3 – Restoring Permanent Fences;
  • EC-4 – Restoring Conservation Structures and Other Installations.

For land to be eligible, the natural disaster must have created new conservation problems that, if left 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.

ECP assists producers with the recovery cost to restore the farmland to pre-disaster conditions. Approved ECP applicants may receive up to 75 percent of the cost of approved restoration activity. Limited resource, socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers and ranchers may receive up to 90 percent cost-share. A 25 percent advance payment will be allowed for repair or replacement of fencing