ND Disaster Designation
Doug Barrett | Nov 8, 2019 AT 10:35 am
The U-S-D-A has approved North Dakota’s request for a Secretarial disaster declaration for 47 counties as a result of extreme rain and snow this fall.
The designation allows for implementation of FSA’s Emergency Farm Loan Program and the SBA’s Economic Injury Loan Program for farm-related business.
In making the request it was noted that excessive rain…snow…and flooding caused hundreds of millions of dollars in commodity losses in North Dakota. According to estimates reported to the federal Farm Service Agency the lost value is nearly $423 million just for the one crop in each county with at least 30 percent loss - and billions of dollars in additional crop value is at risk.
Governor Doug Burgum submitted the request to U-S Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue last Friday. Burgum says help can’t come soon enough because farmers and ranchers are facing “one of the most difficult and stressful seasons on record.” Grand Forks is among the 47 counties under the designation.
On Thursday Minnesota Governor Tim Walz made a similar disaster request for twelve counties in the northwest part of that state.