Gov. Jack Dalrymple today sent a letter to Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Director Aaron Krauter, requesting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) complete a statewide assessment of crop damages and production losses.
Dalrymple's request for FSA to prepare a statewide 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.
"It's important that the process of assessing crop damages be completed so that assistance can be available to farmers and ranchers who have sustained significant losses," Dalrymple said.
Heavy snowpack, excessive spring rainfall and flooding prevented many of the state's producers from planting an estimated 4.4 million acres this year, the state's second-largest amount of unplanted crop acreage in recent history. Other weather perils resulting in crop damages and production losses include frost and freeze damage, hail and high winds.
In his letter, Dalrymple requests that FSA complete a damage assessment report for all counties in North Dakota as soon as practical to capture the full extent and diversity of farmers' and ranchers' losses during the 2013 growing season.
Dalrymple also continues to press USDA officials to clarify and simplify rules governing the prevented-plant insurance program so that farmers and ranchers receive the crop-loss protection they deserve.