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

May 11, 2020

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Greenville & Pickens FSA County Office 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 Dates:  
June 8th - Final date to submit ECP application to address damages on farms from the flooding event that occurred February 6, 2020

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

Greenville & Pickens FSA Accepting Emergency Conservation Program Applications for Two Separate Disasters

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 following two disaster events:

1. The flooding event that occurred on February 6, 2020. The ECP signup period for this event began on April 8, 2020 and will end on June 6, 2020.

2. The tornadoes, high wind and excessive moisture event that occurred on April 13, 2020. The ECP signup period for this event begins May 11, 2020 and will end on July 9, 2020

The approved ECP practices available under these authorizations 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% of the cost of approved restoration activity. Limited resource, socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers and ranchers may receive up to 90% cost-share. A 25% advance payment will be allowed for repair or replacement of fencing