Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, Emergency Conservation Program

To enable farmers to perform emergency conservation measures to control wind erosion on farmlands, to rehabilitate farmlands damaged by wind erosion, floods, hurricanes, or other natural disasters.




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Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Farmers are advised to contact their local county FSA office after a natural disaster has occurred to determine whether the program is available in the county and to determine eligibility for emergency cost-share assistance.

Consult the local telephone directory for location of the county FSA office.

If no listing, get in touch with the appropriate State FSA office listed in the Farm Service Agency section of Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Following a natural disaster, the county FSA committee determines, with concurrence from the State FSA committee, to make the program available in the county.

Emergency cost- sharing is limited to new conservation problems created by natural disasters which, if not treated will impair or endanger the land, materially affect the productive capacity of the land, represent damage that is unusual in character and, except for wind erosion, is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area and will be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be required to return the land to productive agricultural use.

Financial assistance is available for farmland losses occurring as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any agricultural producer who as owner, landlord, tenant, or sharecropper on a farm or ranch, including associated groups, and bears as part of the cost of an approved conservation practice affected by Hurricane Sandy is eligible to apply for cost-share conservation assistance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any agricultural producer who as owner, landlord, tenant, or sharecropper on a farm or ranch, including associated groups, and bears as part of the cost of an approved conservation practice affected by Hurricane Sandy is eligible to apply for cost-share conservation assistance.

Credentials/Documentation

Identification as an eligible person who has been affected by Hurricane Sandy and proof of contribution to the cost of performing the conservation practice. FSA encourages farmers and ranchers to record losses from Hurricane Sandy. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Eligible persons may submit an application on Form FSA-848, for cost sharing, at the county FSA office for the county in which the affected land is located.

Award Procedures

The county FSA committee reviews, prioritizes, and may approve applications in whole or in part. Approvals cannot exceed the county allocation of Federal funds for that purpose.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Agricultural Credit Act of 1978, Title IV, Public Law 95-334, 92 Stat. 420, 16 U.S.C 2201-2205; Making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, to improve and streamline disaster assistance for Hurricane Sandy, and for other purposes., Public Law 113-2, 127 Stat. 18, 16 U.S.C 2201,2202.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. Sign-up deadlines are established by the local FSA county committee. Once applicants are approved for rehabilitation cost-share assistance, producers have up to six months to perform approved farmland rehabilitation practice and report completion.

Appeals

Participants may appeal to county FSA committee, State FSA committee, or National Appeals Division (NAD) on any determination.

Renewals

Certain approvals may be extended by the FSA county committee, when necessary, with proper justification.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not Applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Not Applicable.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

Maintained in the county FSA office and Federal record centers for a specified number of years.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-3316-0-1-453.

Obigations

(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 15 $209,000; FY 16 est $0; and FY 17 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Farmers are advised to contact their local county FSA office after a natural disaster has occurred to determine whether the program is available in the county and to determine eligibility for emergency cost-share assistance. Consult the local telephone directory for location of the county FSA office. If no listing, get in touch with the appropriate State FSA office listed in the Farm Service Agency section of Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Martin Bomar 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Martin.Bomar@wdc.usda.gov Phone: 202-205-4537 Fax: 202-720-4619

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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