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Assistance Opportunities
Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns announced that sign-up begins May 17, 2006, for four crop and livestock assistance programs providing aid to producers affected by the destructive 2005 hurricanes. There will be $2.8 billion in aid to assist victims of the 2005 hurricane season. USDA will provide $1.2 billion in aid to agricultural producers;primarily in Alabama, Florida,Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina,and Texas. USDA will provide disaster payments to farmers,ranchers and others through these programs. Programs are offered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Of that amount, $300 million in Emergency Watershed Protection Program funds will be used to provide technical and financial assistance to help communities and landowners address public safety and restoration efforts on private lands in six states.
The breakdown of funding by state is:

State Total Funding
Alabama $23,100,000
Florida $67,800,000
Louisiana $88,740,000
Mississippi $107,286,500
Tennessee $377,500
Texas $12,696,000
TOTAL $300,000,000
  1. Emergency Forestry Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
    Through various appropriations bills there is $504.1 million available for CRP projects to offset merchantable timber losses on private non-industrial forests. Owners of land must have experienced at least a 35 percent loss of merchantable timber. Sign-up Begins June 19, 2006
    Click here to learn more»

  2. Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)
    will provide assistance to to private nonindustrial forest landowners for cleanup and downed timber removal and disposing of debris and animal carcasses that could adversely affect health and safety on non-Federal land in a hurricane-affected county with a maximum payment of $150 per acre.

  3. Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP)
    2006 Defense Appropriations Act provides supplemental funding of $300 million for EWP to repair damages resulting from hurricanes that occurred during calendar year 2005.
  4. Longleaf Pine Initiative of the Conservation Reserve Program
    Incentives for longleaf pine restoration have just been significantly bolstered by USDA’s October announcement of a new 250,000-acre continuous enrollment category for longleaf pine under the Conservation Reserve Program.
  5. Tree Indemnity Program
    provides payments to eligible owners of commercially grown fruit trees, nut trees, bushes, and vines which produce an annual crop and that were lost or damaged.

  6. Feed Indemnity Program
    provides payments to eligible livestock owners or cash lessees who suffered feed losses or increased feed costs as a result of an eligible hurricane.

  7. Hurricane Indemnity Program
    provides payments to eligible agricultural producers who suffered crop losses and received a crop insurance indemnity or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program payment.

  8. Livestock Indemnity Program
    provides payments to eligible livestock owners and contract growers who suffered eligible livestock deaths.

  9. Hurricane Wildlife Relief Fund
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has created a grant program to restore wildlife and habitats damaged by hurricanes.

Information and help in applying for emergency assistance is available at the FSA county office serving your area. Click to find your local FSA office in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, or Mississippi


Regional Providers

Consultants - Land
David Smith
Walley Forestry Consultants, Inc.
Mark Bailey

Certified Appraisers
George W. Powell, Jr.
Greg Sirmon R.F.,C.G.A
Mark G. Carpenter, MAI

John P. Watson
Keith Michael Frazier  
H. Rex Germany

USDA Programs - Other
Charles Miniex
Southern Regional Aquaculture Center
USDA Rural Development - Louisiana

USDA - NRCS Programs
Alabama Conservation Stewardship Program
Mississippi Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI)
Florida Gulf of Mexico Initiative

State Funding / Technical Resources
Alabama Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program
Office of Coastal Management - Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
Mississippi Landowner Incentive Program

Department of Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service Programs
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Florida
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Louisiana
Southeast Louisiana Refuges

Conservation Districts
Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts
Covington County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lincoln County SWCD

Seed / Seedling Suppliers
Keenan Nursery
G&H Seed Co.
Rocky Creek Nurseries, Inc.

Tree Planting Vendors
Enviroag, LLC
Louisiana Nursery & Landscape Association
Fratesi Tree Planters Inc

Cooperative Extension
Gilchrist County
St. Charles Parish Extension
Santa Rosa County Extension - Milton Office

Native Species Nurseries
EarthBalance Native Plant Nursery
Pleasant Acres Nursery

Wildlife / Habitat Specialists
Timber Resource Management
Allen Native Ventures
Paul M. LeBlanc, III

Michelle Charvet
Mississippi Land Company
Myron J. Luck

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