Federal aid to help farmers reclaim land

Posted Nov. 10, 2010, at 12:17 a.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Somerset County farmers whose plots have suffered from drought conditions over the past several months are eligible for federal relief funds, according to a press release circulated Tuesday.

Donovan E. Todd III, Maine’s director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, announced that farmers and ranchers in the county that meet certain criteria will receive $15,000 apiece to repair farmland damaged by natural resources in 2010.

Recipients may use the money to remove farmland debris, restore fences, grade and shape land, and repair existing conservation structures damaged by droughts, floods and other natural events.

The funds also can be used to create emergency water conservation measures required because of severe drought.

A detailed set of criteria must be met, and Todd recommended that potential recipients contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency county committee. For information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov.

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