GALLIA COUNTY — The Gallia-Lawrence County Farm Service Agency announced this week that due to the June derecho storm, Gallia and Lawrence counties have been approved for debris removal under the Emergency Conservation Program. According to James Harrell, county executive director, applications will be accepted through September 30, 2012, to help with the cost incurred to remove debris from Gallia County farmland.
Land eligibility is based on a farm visit to inspect the damage, taking into account the type and extent of the damage. The damage must be so costly to rehabilitate that federal assistance is needed to return the land to productive use, is unusual in nature and is not likely to recur frequently.
“Although we have been approved for this program, funds are not available at this time,” said Harrell. “We can proceed with application processing and onsite inspections. Applicants are encouraged to apply so a farm visit may be scheduled. Then the debris removal can be completed.”
Applicants need to record their time and equipment usage.
Once funds become available, the eligible applicants will be approved and payments made. For more information about this program or to request a farm visit to assess damage, please contact the Gallia-Lawrence Farm Service Agency at 740-446-8687.