Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Funds available for Texas farmers and ranchers recovering from Hurricane Ike

There is some good news for farmers and ranchers who suffered losses and damages from Hurricane Ike in September. Thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) and our state’s senators and representatives in Congress, $13.7 million in funds are available to Texas farmers and ranchers in 20 designated counties.


Texas farmers and ranchers can apply for the funding to pay for things like debris removal and fence restoration. But there are some limited conditions in order for land to be eligible. Hurricane Ike must have created new conservation problems that, if untreated, would:

  • Impair or endanger the land
  • Materially affect the land's productive capacity
  • Represent unusual damage which, except for wind erosion, is not the type likely to recur frequently in the same area
  • Be so costly to repair that federal assistance is or will be required to return the land to productive agricultural use


To see if you are eligible and to apply, visit for more information on the program. The ECP application period is for 60 days. Sign-up dates for counties impacted by Hurricane Ike are as follows:


Dec. 1, 2008 – Jan. 29, 2009                                              Jan. 5 – Mar. 5, 2009

Angelina County                                                                 Brazoria County

Cherokee County                                                                Chambers County

Houston County                                                                  Galveston County

Jasper County                                                                       Hardin County

Nacogdoches County                                                          Harris County

Newton County                                                                    Jefferson County

Polk County                                                                          Liberty County

Rusk County                                                                         Montgomery County

San Jacinto County                                                               Orange County

Trinity County                                                                          

Tyler County                                               

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