A lack of moisture, over an extended period of time, has caused producers in Nevada to suffer from the effects of severe drought conditions. Farms and ranches experiencing severe drought conditions may be eligible for cost-share assistance under ECP. This disaster program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA), 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.
Eligible Nevada counties are: Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, Washoe and Carson City.
Also included are: Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties in California which are serviced by the FSA county office in Yerington, NV.
A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost shares not to exceed 50 percent of the cost of installing eligible temporary measures. Cost sharing for permanent measures is based on 75 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
• Constructing and deepening wells for livestock water
Producers who have experienced severe drought conditions requiring outside assistance to provide supplemental emergency livestock water may contact the local FSA County Office. Requests for assistance will be accepted at the local FSA County Office from Feb. 23 to April 15.
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 by County Committee (COC) or its representative. COC will review the inspection findings when considering the request for cost shares.