In Kentucky, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) has announced disaster assistance is available for communities and agricultural producers affected by the tornadoes that devasted large portions of Kentucky on the evening of December 10, 2021 and early morning hours of December 11, 2021.

The following technical and financial assistance is available currently:

Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) Assistance:

Emergency Animal Mortality Management to assist with the proper means or method for the management of animal carcasses from catastrophic mortality events.

Woody Residue Treatment will be utilized to help treat damaged standing timber and residues resulting from the tornados. This practice will help reduce hazardous fuels, protect/maintain air quality, improve soil organic matter and improve access to forage for livestock and wildlife.

The Emergency Watershed Program (EWP) Assistance:

EWP allows communities to quickly address serious and long-lasting damages to infrastructure and the land. This program may be able to assist with debris removal, reshaping or protecting eroded banks.

Any producers or communities experiencing issues as outlined above are encouraged to contact their local NRCS field office for more information.

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