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North Dakota’s Agriculture Department has opened functions for the Emergency Feed Transportation Assistance Program.

It reimburses a portion of hay hauling bills for drought-stricken ranchers. The state in late August reactivated the program and accepted $2.5 million to fund it. Applications had been to open in mid-September, however they had been placed on maintain so state officers may make sure the parameters did not overlap with these of a federal aid program.

The state program will aid producers who don’t qualify for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Assistance for Livestock Program.

“The drought drastically reduced forage production, and many producers have had to purchase and transport supplemental feed,” state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring stated. “This program will assist producers who have transportation costs for feed or co-products hauled less than 25 miles, silage hauled any distance and moving breeding livestock to a feed source.”

Transportation prices for bought feed or feed put up exterior of regular operation attributable to lack of feed incurred between April 8 and Nov. 30 are eligible. Feed have to be used for the needs of the rancher’s personal livestock operation.

The state and federal governments have carried out quite a few applications to assist drought-stricken farmers and ranchers. Details on obtainable drought sources in North Dakota will be discovered at https://www.nd.gov/ndda/drought-resources. Producers can entry the federal Agriculture Department’s Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool or Disaster-at-a-Glance truth sheet at www.farmers.gov.