Local Farm Service Agency gets $610K to help area farmers hurt by drought

Friday, October 26, 2012

CARROLL COUNTY -- The Carroll County office of the Farm Service Agency recently received $610,625 for cost-sharing assistance to farmers harmed by this year's drought.

Scott Fancher, executive director for the county agency, said the money had been received through the federal Emergency Conservation Program and would be used for emergency livestock watering facilities.

The application period for the funding ended Aug. 30. Fancher said applicants had been notified by letter shortly after the period ended that Carroll County had not received an allocation to approve any cost-sharing requests.

However, he said that cost-share approvals were now being processed and mailed out.

He said every application determined eligible by the Natural Resources Conservation Service would be approved and funded.

"Nearly half of the applicants were sent approval notices last week" Fancher said. "The rest will be approved as soon as required environmental compliance forms are received back from the state historic preservation officer and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service."

Fancher encouraged anyone who had applied for cost-share assistance for an emergency livestock watering facility and not yet received notice of approval to contact his office.

The agency is located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture complex at 909 Freeman Switch Rd. in Berryville. For more information, call the agency at 870-423-2767.

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