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North Dakota announces feed transportation assistance program

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced the availability of the program, which will reimburse eligible producers for a portion of feed transportation expenses. The state emergency commission met Aug. 26 and approved $2.5 million to reactivate the program, which was last used in 2019.

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Hay yields are down across the state as the drought continues, making properly baling and storing what forage is there all the more important. Phot taken east of Egeland, North Dakota, on July 15, 2021. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

BISMARCK, North Dakota — The North Dakota emergency feed transportation assistance program will help producers who have transportation costs associated with moving livestock or feed.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced the availability of the program, which will reimburse eligible producers for a portion of feed transportation expenses. The state emergency commission met Aug. 26 and approved $2.5 million to reactivate the program, which was last used in 2019.

“The drought has drastically reduced forage production and many producers have had to purchase and transport supplemental feed,” Goehring said. “This program will assist producers with defraying some of those transportation costs in order to help sustain their operation into the next year.”

Program eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Producers must have verifiable feed losses due to drought which required the producer to purchase supplemental feed or move feed from non-traditional sources.
  • Producers must own at least 25 animal unit equivalents of breeding livestock, defined as dairy cattle, beef cattle, bison, sheep or goats.
  • The following will be considered feed:
    • Hay or any other forage, including silage purchased outside of normal operation.
    • Grain, including distillers and other co-products:
      • Wheat midds.
      • Beet pulp.
      • Canola meal.
      • Sunflower meal.
      • Soybean hulls.
    • Straw.
    • Other feeds and supplements, as decided on a case by case basis.

Transportation costs for purchased feed or feed put up outside of normal operation due to loss of feed incurred between April 8, 2021, and Nov. 30, 2021, will be eligible. Feed must be used for the purposes of the producer’s own livestock operation.

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For complete details on the program, visit www.nd.gov/ndda/eftap . Producers with further questions may email haytransport@nd.gov or call 1-844-642-4752. Applications will be available on the Department of Agriculture’s website at www.nd.gov/ndda in mid-September and will close Dec. 15, 2021.

Goehring encouraged those willing to help truck feed to add their information to the Hay Hotline by calling 701-425-8454 to have their name and information added to the database. A self-service Hay Hotline map is available at http://www.nd.gov/ndda/ for those looking for forage.

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