Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln and Waldo County USDA Farm Service Agency announced that Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties are approved to accept applications for the Emergency Conservation Program to address damages from drought. ECP signup runs through Dec. 3.

According to Maria T. Granger, executive director of the FSA, approved ECP practices under this authorization include: installing pipe for livestock, water storage facilities for livestock, wells for livestock, spring/seep development for livestock, wells where there is no other source of emergency water, tail water recovery pits for orchards and vineyards, emergency water for confinement operations that had livestock in confinement before the drought, submersible pumps for livestock and solar panels to pump water for livestock.

ECP is administered by FSA to assist producers with the cost of recovery activities required to restore the agricultural land to pre-disaster conditions. Producers who sustained damage from this disaster event are encouraged to submit their request for assistance prior to beginning reconstructive work. Submitting a request after completing qualified reconstructive work may result in forfeiture of program eligibility.

The use of obligated funds is limited to return the land to the relative pre-disaster condition. Conservation concerns that were present on the land prior to the disaster are not eligible for ECP assistance. Approved ECP applicants may receive up to 75 percent of the cost of completing the approved restoration activity.

For more information on ECP, contact the Kennebec-Knox-Lincon County FSA office at 622-7847. For Waldo County producers, call 338-1964.