COLUMBIA, Mo. — Producers have until August 30 to sign-up for disaster assistance through the USDA.

In a University of Missouri Extension news release Thursday, Heather Conrow, an Extension Livestock Specialist, explained that the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), through the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), will pay up to 75 percent of a project’s total cost, with a maximum payment of $500,000.

While many producers will benefit from the assistance, farmland that has less than six inches of sand covering it or costs less than $1000 are not eligible to receive funding.

Prior to restoring the land, producers must meet with their local FSA and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) agents to schedule an inspection.

According to the news release, inspectors will perform an on-site analysis as well as take pictures for photo documentation. Qualified producers are not permitted to perform any in work in the “plow zone” until after the inspection.

The USDA’s NRCS is also stepping in to provide assistance through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP). Similar to the ECP, the EWPP will cover up to 75 percent of the total cost for eligible projects. In order to qualify for EWPP funding, a project is required to reduce threats to both life and property.

Projects that are eligible for EWPP assistance include logjam removal, sediment removal from drainage districts, levee repair and streambank stabilization if it is located near a road.

For more information about USDA assistance programs and tips to help restore the soil after a flood, visit the University of Missouri Extension’s website.