York County farmers can apply for financial help for storm repairs

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch
Accomac Road flood damage Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, closed it to one lane of local and emergency travel only. Bill Kalina photo

York County farmers will have a one-month window to apply for financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to repair recent storm damage.

Richard Csutoras, county executive director for the USDA Farm Service Agency, announced in a news release Tuesday, Oct. 2, that York County will accept applications for relief aid through the Emergency Conservation Program until Friday, Nov. 2.

The program will specifically assist farmers who sustained damage caused by excessive rainfall and flooding on Aug. 31.

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The following repairs are eligible for assistance: debris removal; grading, shaping or releveling land; restoring permanent fencing; and restoring conservation structures.

Csutoras said approved applicants may receive funding for up to 75 percent of eligible repair costs, but he urged farmers to submit their applications before doing any repair work because it could disqualify them from the program.

“I realize that there are extenuating circumstances that must be addressed for livestock safety and health reasons, but I strongly recommend at least calling our office before any action is taken,” he said.

An FSA county committee will evaluate the applications and inspect the impacted properties to determine eligibility, but a site visit is not a guarantee of financial assistance, the release stated.

ECP funds may only be used to restore the land to its pre-disaster condition.

For more information, contact the York County FSA office at 717-755-2966, ext. 2.