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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 12/19/13

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared an ag disaster in 31 North Dakota counties for major crop losses.  Gov. Jack Dalrymple says farmers there and in another 15 counties are also eligible for supplemental disaster help and other federal programs.  Heavy snowpack, flooding, frost and freeze damage kept farmers from planting more than 4 million acres this year.
 
     The agricultural disaster is for the counties of Benson, Bottineau, Burke, Burleigh, Cavalier, Divide, Emmons, Grand Forks, Grant, Kidder, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Pierce,  Ramsey, Renville, Rolette, Sioux, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Walsh, Ward and Wells.
 
     The declaration also makes help available to farmers and ranchers in 15 contiguous counties: Adams, Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Dunn, Eddy, Foster, Griggs, Hettinger, LaMoure, McKenzie, Sheridan, Stark, Steele and Williams.

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     OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A new survey of bankers suggests that the economy will grow at a healthy pace in rural parts of 10 Midwest and Western states in the months ahead.  The monthly survey's overall index rose to 56.1 in December from November's more moderate 54.3. Any score above 50 suggests growth.
 
     Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the region continues to benefit from the strength of agriculture and energy businesses, but declining crop prices and the lack of a farm bill are concerning.
 
     The index is based on surveys of rural bankers in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.  It ranges from 0 to 100, with 50 representing growth neutral. A score above 50 suggests growth in that factor in the months ahead.   
 


     (Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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