The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) helps farmers and ranchers repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters and help implement methods for water conservation during severe drought. The ECP does this by giving ranchers and farmers funding and assistance to repair the damaged farmland or to install methods for water conservation.

Eligible Uses

Eligibility is determined through a review by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee. Funds are available if the damage caused would:

  • Further damage the land
  • Significantly affect the land’s productivity
  • Represent damage from a natural disaster unusual for the area (with an exception for wind erosion)
  • Be too costly to repair without Federal Assistance in order to return the land to agricultural production

Eligible Recipients

Individuals are eligible recipients.

Approx Annual Funding Amount

The annual funding amount varies annually.

Cost Share Requirements

Up to 75% of implementation cost can be paid by the Federal government, as determined by the FSA, with the other 25% to be provided by the individual.

Application Cycle

Funding is available when disaster has occurred.


Contact your local FSA agent to apply by finding your county’s information here.