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Published November 12, 2010, 12:00 AM

USDA provides disaster help to soybean producers

Up to $550 million in disaster assistance will be available to soybean producers in 24 North Dakota counties that were designated as disaster areas by the U.S. secretary of agriculture in 2009.

Up to $550 million in disaster assistance will be available to soybean producers in 24 North Dakota counties that were designated as disaster areas by the U.S. secretary of agriculture in 2009.

Signup for the Crop Assistance Program started Oct. 25 and ends Dec. 9.

The Crop Assistance Program, administered by Farm Service Agency, makes payments to producers who grew soybeans and can certify to a 5 percent or greater loss to soybeans in 2009 due to excessive moisture or related conditions.

A list of eligible counties is available at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov. Producers must contact their local FSA office to apply for payment through the program.

Soybean producers will be paid at a maximum payment rate of $15.62 per acre. Payments will be prorated to stay within available funds for the program. Producers will initially receive 75 percent of their CAP payment; when signup is complete they will receive up to an additional 25 percent.

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