ND Governor requests USDA begins crop damage assessments

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Governor Jack Dalrymple today sent a letter to Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Director Aaron Krauter requesting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) begin assessing statewide crop damages and production losses due to flooding and other weather-related events.

Dalrymple’s request for FSA to prepare a damage assessment report is the first step in seeking a secretarial disaster declaration which would make supplemental disaster assistance and other USDA programs available to help farmers and ranchers manage production losses.

North Dakota’s agricultural production has been adversely impacted by above-average snowfall and major overland flooding, resulting in late planting, potential yield losses and the inability to plant crops altogether.

“The tremendous amount of prevented plant acreage due to extreme weather is a devastating loss on a scale which is yet to be determined,” Dalrymple said in his request for a damage assessment report. “In addition, flooding has destroyed feed reserves and damaged pastures utilized for grazing and fields needed for forage for livestock producers across the state.”

In his letter, Dalrymple requests that FSA complete a damage assessment report for all counties in North Dakota as soon as practical so as to capture the full extent and diversity of farmers’ and ranchers’ losses during the growing season.

Source: office of Governor Dalrymple

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