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PRODUCERS ARE REMINDED THAT COST SHARE FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP PROVIDE EMERGENCY WATER TO LIVESTOCK FOR AGRICULTURE PRODUCERS AFFECTED BY DROUGHT IN ALL KANSAS COUNTIES EXCEPT REPUBLIC. ECP SIGNUP BEGAN ON OCTOBER 15 AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH NOVEMBER 15. KANSAS HAS RECEIVED $6.1 MILLION IN ECP ALLOCATION TO HELP PRODUCERS IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE.  PRODUCERS MAY MAKE A REQUEST IN APPROVED COUNTIES BY FILING AN APPLICATION FOR COST-SHARE ASSISTANCE UNDER THE EMERGENCY CONSERVATION PROGRAM (ECP) AT THEIR LOCAL FARM SERVICE AGENCY (FSA). ECP IS BEING IMPLEMENTED TO ASSIST IN PROVIDING ACCESS TO WATER BECAUSE OF AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF SEVERE DROUGHT. THE LOCAL COUNTY COMMITTEE MUST ENSURE THAT THE EXTENT OF THE NEED IS SEVERE ENOUGH TO NECESSITATE FEDERAL ASSISTANCE. PARTICIPANTS CAN RECEIVE COST-SHARE ASSISTANCE OF UP TO 75 PERCENT OF THE COST FOR TEMPORARY MEASURES AND 50% OF THE COST FOR PERMANENT MEASURES FOR APPROVED EMERGENCY CONSERVATION PRACTICES.  PRODUCERS CAN CONTACT THE NORTON COUNTY FSA OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.