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USDA releases funds for farmers struck by hurricanes

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced today that USDA is making $63 million in Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funds available to assist agricultural producers struck by hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico region during 2005.

"USDA was on the ground providing food and housing assistance in the immediate aftermath and we remain committed to the recovery" Johanns said. "These funds are one more way we are reaching out to help Gulf Coast farmers rehabilitate operations damaged by last year's devastating hurricanes.

Producers in counties that were declared presidential or secretarial disaster areas due to hurricanes of 2005 are eligible, and may receive up to 100% cost-share to remove debris and restore fences and conservation structures.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced today that USDA is making $63 million in Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funds available to assist agricultural producers struck by hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico region during 2005.

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