Forum News Service, Published December 18 2013
North Dakota counties eligible for agricultural disaster aidBISMARCK - The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared an agricultural disaster in 31 North Dakota counties where farmers had major crop losses during the growing season, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.
The designation makes farmers and ranchers eligible for supplemental disaster assistance and other federal programs.
Heavy snowpack, flooding, frosts and freeze damage and other problems prevented North Dakota farmers from planting more than 4 million acres this year, the state’s second-largest amount of unplanted crop acreage in recent history.
The USDA declared an agricultural disaster in the counties of Benson, Bottineau, Burke, Burleigh, Cavalier, Divide, Emmons, Grand Forks, Grant, Kidder, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Renville, Rolette, Sioux, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Walsh, Ward and Wells.
The declaration also makes federal assistance available to farmers and ranchers in 15 contiguous counties: Adams, Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Dunn, Eddy, Foster, Griggs, Hettinger, LaMoure, McKenzie, Sheridan, Stark, Steele and Williams.