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Wet hay fields, like this area south of Carrington, N.D., on Oct. 3, are common throughout the region. Jenny Schlecht / Forum News Service

Few applications in for ND feed transportation program

BISMARCK, N.D. — A feed transportation program started by the state of North Dakota in response to livestock producers' difficulty in making and hauling feed has not had many applicants yet.

Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring on Thursday, Dec. 12, announced the Emergency Feed Transportation Assistance Program to help producers who have verifiable feed losses as a result of extraordinary weather conditions. Goehring on Tuesday, Jan. 7, said only a half-dozen livestock producers had applied to the program, which has an application deadline of Jan. 31.

The program is focused on breeding stock, and the state will offset transportation costs on purchasing feed that would not be purchased in a typical year. Feeds can include hay, grains, corn, distiller's grain, wheat mids or other products that can be fed.

"It doesn't matter as long as it's being used to supplement or feed livestock," Goehring said.

He said many livestock producers still are assessing their feed needs. Many weren't able to make feed, but others made feed and now have had trouble getting to it due to wet conditions or compromised roads.

The program will consider covering transportation costs no matter if the trucking was hired or if a producer does the trucking himself. Goehring said the program also will consider cases where livestock were moved to feed rather than feed moved to livestock.

If he believes producers are still unsure about their feed needs as the deadline approaches, he might move the deadline.

"If I see a need to expand it a couple more weeks, I may do so," Goehring said.

But he urges producers to apply soon if they are eligible.

"If you have to purchase feed or if you believe you're going to have to purchase feed, assess your situation. Try to make that decision before Jan. 31," he said.

To learn more or apply, visit https://www.nd.gov/ndda/emergency-feed-transportation-assistance-program.

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