U.S.D.A. giving $77 million to repair farmland
November 13, 2008
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
WASHINGTON — Farmers and ranchers will receive $77 million in Emergency Conservation Program funds to repair farmland damaged by natural disasters in 2008, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer said Nov. 13. Funds may be used to remove farmland debris, restore fences and repair conservations structures damaged by floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, other storms or wildfires as well as to carry out emergency water conservation work after drought. Mr. Schafer said the funds would allow growers to deal with damage caused by disasters, including hurricanes Ike and Gustav as well as the 2008 floods in the Midwest. Slated as the largest recipients of the funds are the states of Indiana, $13 million; Iowa, $17.6 million; Louisiana, $16 million; and Texas, $13.7 million. Among the largest wheat producing states, Kansas was pegged at $1.2 million and North Dakota received no allocation.