Counties classified as “D3-Extreme Drought” by the U.S. Drought Monitor may be eligible for cost-share assistance through the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP). If a part of a county is classified as D3, the entire county is eligible.
Under ECP, qualified farmers may seek financial assistance to provide water for their livestock during this critical time, Giamanco said.
Counties meeting the classification must still go through an approval process before implementing ECP. Counties not designated as D3-Extreme Drought also may qualify if they have a 40 percent shortage of rainfall compared to normal rainfall for the previous four months.
"It is unknown if funding will be immediately available, but producers who are interested can begin making their cost-share requests, and they will be notified as funds become available," Giamanco said. "It is important for producers to talk to their local FSA office prior to digging wells or running water lines."
ECP program participants may receive up to 75 percent of the cost to implement approved temporary emergency practices and up to 50 percent for permanent practices.
For more information about ECP or other drought assistance, visit www.fsa.usda.gov
or contact your county FSA office.