"ECP provides qualified producers the opportunity to request
financial assistance during this critical time," said Giamanco.
"It is unknown if funding will be immediately available, but
producers who are interested can begin making their cost-share
request, and they will be notified as funds become available."
Producers experiencing severe drought conditions may be eligible
for cost-share assistance under the ECP. This program provides
cost-share assistance to producers if the damage is so severe
that water available for livestock, orchards and vineyards has
been reduced below normal to the extent that they cannot survive
without additional water.
The Emergency Conservation Program has been approved for the
following 41 Illinois counties: Adams, Alexander, Bond, Brown,
Cass, Christian, Clay, Coles, Cumberland, Edwards, Effingham,
Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Jasper,
Johnson, Logan, Madison, Mason, Massac, McDonough, Mercer,
Montgomery, Morgan, Pope, Pulaski, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott,
Shelby, St. Clair, Union, Vermilion, Warren, Washington, Wayne,
Williamson and Woodford.
Henry and Menard counties have requested ECP funding and are
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Producers in counties approved for the ECP should contact their
local county FSA offices if they need assistance with water
conservation and enhancement measures to permit grazing of range,
pasture or forage by livestock; to supply emergency water for
existing irrigation systems serving orchards and vineyards; or to
provide emergency water for confined livestock operations.
For more information about FSA programs, contact your local
county FSA office or visit the
FSA state website.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Farm Service Agency]