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Dalrymple's Request for Ag Disaster Assistance is Expanded

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Location: Bismarck, ND

Gov. Jack Dalrymple received word today 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


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