Money available to farmers hit by ice storm

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$30.5 million available to repair farm structures, land

By The Staff

Farmers in 92 Kentucky counties, including LaRue, will share $30.5 million in federal funds to repair farm structures and land damaged by an unprecedented ice storm Jan. 27 that brought down thousands of trees and utility lines across the state.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that Kentucky will receive 43 percent of the $71 million in Emergency Conservation Program funds, far more than any other state.

“I’m extremely pleased with the teamwork among the many Kentuckians who worked to present our case and caused the USDA to recognize the hardships that our farmers went through last winter,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “Every cent of this money will be put to good use to remove debris, fix fences, repair storm-damaged structures and restore damaged fields across our Commonwealth.”

Conservation issues that existed before the ice storm are not eligible for cost-share assistance. USDA's Farm Service Agency county committees determine land eligibility based on on-site inspections of ice storm damage, taking into account the extent of the damage.