USDA will begin allocating $11.8 million in Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funding for 18 states to help producers rehabilitate land damaged by natural disasters.

The ECP funds will help farmers and ranchers restore conservation practices on their lands from excessive rainfall, flooding, drought and other severe weather conditions, says Chuck Conner, agriculture deputy secretary.

Eligible producers will receive cost-share assistance of up to 75% of the cost of the approved practice, as determined by Farm Service Agency county committees. Check with you local FSA office about ECP sign-up periods.