Farmers may file for storm damage assistance

Upshur County farmers may file for financial assistance for debris removal as a result of the heavy snowfall that occured in late October. The local FSA committee can provide up to 75 percent cost share assistance for removing down, toppled or broken trees and limbs that are interfering with commercial agricultural production, reported Steven C. Nestor, county executive director.

Producers must have sustained a minimum of $1,000 in damages to be considered eligible for the debris removal assistance under Emergency Conservation Program. Damage estimates may include the contractor costs, farmers manual labor, equipment usages, chain saws, tractors and other associated costs, Nestor explained.

Interested individuals should call 304-269-8431, ext. 2 or stop by the office located just off U.S. 33 the Grass Run Road exit East of Weston. Applications will be received through March 14. Appointments are not required; however, a call prior to an office visit will help reduce application time.

Special accommodation will be made upon request for persons with disabilities, vision or hearing impairments call if accommodation are required.

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