Because of the recent flooding in Conway, Faulkner, and Perry Counties, many farmers that have fences down, debris scattered over their farm, washes in their fields, and conservation structures damaged or destroyed.

Conway, Faulkner, and Perry Counties have been approved for sign-up of the Emergency Conservation Program. (ECP), pending availability of funding. Sign-up began May 11 and will end June 30.

There are four cost-share practices that could benefits the farmers of Conway, Faulkner and Perry Counties, EC1- Removing Debris from Farmland, EC2- Grading, Shaping, Releveling, or Similar Measures, EC3- Restoring Permanent Fences and EC4- Restoring Conservation Structures and Other Installations.

Farmers that have flood damage and the cost is too great to make these repairs on your own need to come by the Farm Service Agency to make an application for assistance. This is not an approval of funds but will be necessary to have an application in place when funds become available.

Producers that have or will exceed $1,000.00 or more in initial cost may be eligible. An onsite visit will be necessary to evaluate the needs. Land on the river side of the levy is not eligible for cost-share assistance.

IMPORTANT: Producers that received damage to cropland and permanent fencing from the flooding, need to keep up with hours of labor performed by yourself or hired and the date and time work was performed on debris removal from cropland, which includes pasture and hay fields, and restoring fencing, and other cost-share practices. All receipts for hired labor and materials for fencing will need to be turned in for reimbursement, after funds are made available for the Emergency Conservation Program.

For questions call or come by the Farm Service Agency, 201 E Shady Lane, Morrilton, AR or call 501-354-2000 Ext 2.