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Published July 15, 2009, 07:06 AM

N.D. farms to get $5.5 million aid

Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, all D-N.D., announced today that North Dakota will receive $5.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Conservation Program for farmland damage caused by floods or other natural disasters from 2008 and 2009.

Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, all D-N.D., announced today that North Dakota will receive $5.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Conservation Program for farmland damage caused by floods or other natural disasters from 2008 and 2009.

“The past year has been devastating for farmers throughout the state. The combination of the difficult winter, spring floods and summer storms have contributed to extensive agricultural losses throughout North Dakota,” the delegation said in a statement. “This funding will help farmers and ranchers across the state absorb their losses and bring their land back into production shape.”

In April, the congressional delegation urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to make emergency federal aid available for North Dakota’s producers. The delegation pressed for the implementation of several federal aid programs, including ECP.

To be eligible for ECP funding, farmland must have sustained damage from natural disasters that adversely affect the land’s productivity. USDA’s Farm Service Agency county committees determine land eligibility based on on-site inspections of damage, taking into account the type and extent of damage.

Counties approved for funding include: Emmons, Sheridan, Sioux, Dickey, Grant, Mercer, Oliver, Stutsman, Barnes, Grand Forks, Traill, Cass, Burleigh, Kidder, Logan, McHenry, Morton, Wells, Ransom, Richland, Hettinger, Pembina and Adams.

Nationwide, USDA distributed $71 million to agriculture producers harmed by natural disasters.

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