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Published July 04, 2011, 05:25 AM

Jacobson takes on state FSA role

FARGO, N.D. — Lynn Jacobson is one of five members of the North Dakota Farm Service Agency state committee. His address is Alamo, N.D., but his business base is Crosby, N.D., which is about 20 miles to the north.

By: Mikkel Pates, Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. — Lynn Jacobson is one of five members of the North Dakota Farm Service Agency state committee. His address is Alamo, N.D., but his business base is Crosby, N.D., which is about 20 miles to the north.

“I live right on the Divide/Williams County line, 25 miles from Canada and 35 miles from Montana,” he says.

Jacobson says the 6.3 million acres in prevent-plant losses are real for him because he’s in the middle of it.

“You get thrown out of your rhythm,” he says. “It’s not sure what a guy should be doing, and when.”

Hurdles to cross

One thing is clear. Doing anything takes more time these days.

“In our township, we have over 20 separate locations where roads are under water or the surface has been washed off,” Jacobson says. “I’ve got quite a bit of grain contracted, but we can’t get to town with it. I spent the morning on the phone, trying to get hold of an airplane that would be willing to spray to control weeds we can’t control, but no luck at all.”

Jacobson says 15.6 percent” of his acres are prevented planting this year. The rotation is half durum and a 25 percent each of field peas and lentils.

“We’ve gotten 200 acres of peas and 300 acres of durum seeded,” he says. “Normally, we put in 3,300 acres.”

He does most of his grain marketing through New Century Ag, and much of the system is without rail service.

“Everything goes through Minot, (N.D.)” he says.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has talked about how to fund road infrastructure work but finding contractors is a problem.

“If we can find money to do it, we’re competing with the oilfield. And the contractors are helping out Minot, which I totally agree with. But we could be looking at the same thing going into next year to try to get some of these roads repaired.”

Jacobson, as a member of the state FSA committee, says he isn’t sure how the SURE permanent disaster program’s funding ending Sept. 30 will affect him.

“I can’t answer that question. I wish I could,” he says.

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