North Dakota disaster declaration expanded to include 7 more counties

Governor Jack Dalrymple received word that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has agreed to expand the state’s disaster declaration to include seven additional counties where North Dakota farmers sustained crop production losses due to flooding, frost and other damages.

“Farmers and ranchers faced a host of weather-related production losses which prevented the planting of a record 5.6 million acres of productive farmland,” Dalrymple said. “This expanded disaster declaration makes more producers eligible for assistance.”

Dalrymple asked Vilsack on Sept. 22 to issue a Secretarial Disaster Declaration for all counties that experienced significant production losses. On Oct. 25, Vilsack declared 42 counties primary disaster areas.  Based on crop damage assessments, the USDA has now expanded the disaster declaration to include the counties of: Adams, Bowman, Burleigh, Logan, Morton, Slope and Stark.

A Secretarial Disaster Declaration makes farmers in primary and contiguous counties eligible for emergency loans or assistance through the federal Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program.

Counties first listed in the USDA’s disaster declaration are:

Barnes Dickey Grant McLean Ramsey Stutsman
Benson Divide Griggs Mercer Ransom Towner
Billings Dunn Hettinger Mountrail Renville Traill
Bottineau Eddy La Moure Nelson Richland Walsh
Burke Foster McHenry Oliver Rolette Ward
Cass Golden Valley McIntosh Pembina Sargent Wells
Cavalier

 

Grand Forks

 

McKenzie

 

Pierce

 

Steele

 

Williams

 

Source: office of Governor Dalrymple