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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
Richton Tie & Timber
Edmon H. LeBanc
CRC, LLC

Certified Appraisers
Bobby Bottin, MAI
TimberCorp, Inc.
Timothy M. Reynard, MAI

Foresters
Steve M. Glenn
John W. Crews
John McSween

USDA Programs - Other
Reinette Foster
Louisiana 4-H
Cathy Accardo

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

State Funding / Technical Resources
Office of Coastal Management - Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
Louisiana 4-H
Urban Forestry Department

Department of Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service Programs
Southeast Louisiana Refuges
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Ecological Services Field Office
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Florida

Conservation Districts
Evangeline SWCD
Grenada County Conservation District
Tensas-Concordia SWCD

Seed / Seedling Suppliers
Hainds Nursery
Plum Creek’s Nursery
The Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center (LAPMC)

Tree Planting Vendors
Louisiana Nursery & Landscape Association
American Forestry Service
Barreto Forestry Contracting, Inc.

Cooperative Extension
St. John Parish Extension
Citrus Co. Extension
Lowndes County Extension

Native Species Nurseries
Meadowmakers
ecolage
Almost Eden

Wildlife / Habitat Specialists
Matthew N. Walters
Anthony Vingiello
Forestry/Wildlife Integration, LLC

Arborists
Rene M. LeBlanc
Kenneth L. Wheeler
John Lanier

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