Lightning fires damaged permanent fencing in Baker and Grant counties on private, BLM and U.S. Forest Service allotments in 2016. Private landowners and permittees in these affected areas may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program administered by the Baker-Grant County Farm Service Agency Office. Restoring permanent livestock fences is the only practice that may be eligible. A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost shares not to exceed 75 percent of the cost of all eligible expenses of restoration measures. Producers who have suffered a loss from this natural disaster may contact the Baker-Grant County FSA Office at 541-523-7121, ext. 2, and request assistance until May 31.

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