Losses in ND Still Being Tallied, Producers Face Deadline Soon

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Producers who have experienced weather-related losses this year have until the end of September to document their losses in order to be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

In the 2008 Farm Bill, Congress set up five disaster programs covering crops, forage, livestock, honeybee, fish and tree farmers…While the programs have been described as “permanent”, the programs actually will expire September 30th.

Aaron Krauter is the State Executive Director for the FSA in North Dakota…

 Krauter on Reporting Deadline

With flooding in the Northern Plains and Midwest, combined with drought in Texas and Oklahoma and hurricane damage in the Southeast and Northeast – the farm bill’s disaster programs have be tapped heavily for resources.  Despite the fact that budget belts are getting tighter in Washington, Krauter believes the ongoing farm bill debate will highlight the importance of a strong safety net….

Krauter on the Future Safety Net

At the request of Governor Jack Dalrymple, Farm Service Agency officials in the state have been evaluating prevented planting numbers and other crop yield information to complete a damage assessment report for the state.  That information will be forwarded to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to designate counties with qualifying losses as disasters.  The disaster designation makes additional farm programs and emergency loans available to affected producers…

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