BERRYVILLE -- Farmers suffering from the effects of this summer's drought could soon receive federal assistance.
The Carroll County Farm Service Agency will accept applications from Aug. 1 to Aug. 30 for the Emergency Conservation Program.
Under the program, the agency will pay 90 percent of the cost of eligible projects for limited resource producers and 75 percent for other producers.
In order to be eligible, damage to farmland must be so severe that it would be too costly for a producer to repair alone. Except for limited resource producers, applicants must have suffered more than $1,000 damage, though the maximum cost of the project will be set by the Carroll County FSA committee.
* Installing pipelines or other facilities for livestock water or existing irrigation systems for orchards and vineyards
* Constructing and deepening wells for livestock water
* Developing springs or seeps for livestock water
* Planting no-tilling annuals to provide interim forage stocks for livestock.
Carroll County has not yet been allocated any money, and there is no guarantee of when or if approved projects will be funded.
To apply, visit the Carroll County FSA office, at 909 Freeman Switch Road in Berryville. Call 870-423-2767 for details.