Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)
Conservation Incentive Program Fact Sheet

  • Program Name: Emergency Conservation Program
  • Abbreviation: ECP
  • Primary Goal: Provide cost-share assistance to agricultural producers who have suffered severe damage to their farmland as a result of a natural disaster (wind, water erosion, floods, hurricanes or other natural disaster). The damage must be of such magnitude that it would be too costly for the producer to rehibilitate without Federal assistance.
  • Contact Agency: Farm Service Agency (FSA).
  • Where Applicable: Statewide.
  • Other Sources of Information: Fact sheet.

Prepared by Virginia State Technical Advisory Committee.

Program Description and Requirements

For all disasters except severe drought, immediately after a disaster occurs. County Committee will make an overall assessment of the damage to ensure it meets minimum requirements. County Committee provides the State Committee with a damage assessment for cost-share assistance and the report is forwarded to the Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs for approval.

Once a county has been approved, sign-up takes place between 30 and 60 days from the date ECP is implemented.

Cost-share assistance to rehabilitate damaged farmland shall not be more than 50 percent of the agricultural market value of the affected land determined by the County Committee. The maximum payment is $200,000 per disaster.

Cost-share assistance shall not exceed 64 percent of the eligible cost of restoring the loss. Producers are not eligible to receive compensation under ECP and either the Wetland Reserve Program or Emergency Wetland Reserve Program on the same acreage or Tree Assistance Program for the same component on the same land.

Person and land eligibility determinations have to be met.

All programs, activities, and services of the conservation partnership are available to people on a nondiscriminatory basis regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, physical ability, political affiliation, and marital or familial status. We are all equal opportunity employers.

Last modified 2007-07-12