Farms and ranches in Columbia, Warren, McDuffie and Richmond counties that are experiencing severe drought conditions might be eligible for cost share assistance under the Energy Conservation Program.
The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, which provides cost-share assistance if the damage is so severe that water available for livestock or orchards and vineyards has been reduced below normal to the extent that neither can survive without additional water.
A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost shares not to exceed 75 percent of the cost of installing eligible temporary measures. Cost sharing for permanent measures is based on 50 percent of the total eligible cost. Cost-share assistance is limited to $200,000 per person or legal entity per natural disaster. Approved practices and measures may include:
• Installing pipelines or other facilities for livestock water or existing irrigation systems for orchards and vineyards;
• constructing and deepening wells for livestock water; and,
• developing springs or seeps for livestock water.
Producers who have experienced severe drought conditions requiring outside assistance to provide supplemental emergency livestock water may contact the McDuffie County FSA Office through March 5.
To be eligible for cost shares, practices shall not be started until a request has first been filed at the FSA County Office and an onsite inspection of the problem area has been made.
The McDuffie Co. FSA Office is located at 226 Bob Kirk Road in Thomson. For information, call (706) 595-1339.