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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 08/09/17

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A hay donation lottery program set up in North Dakota to help drought-stricken ranchers is being expanded to producers in South Dakota and Montana...

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A hay donation lottery program set up in North Dakota to help drought-stricken ranchers is being expanded to producers in South Dakota and Montana.
 
     The effort was launched last week by North Dakota's Agriculture Department , North Dakota State University and the Michigan-based nonprofit Ag Community Relief. Officials set up a site near the NDSU campus to accept hay donations that will be doled out to needy producers through a lottery process.
 
     North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring on Tuesday said the lottery will be opened to ranchers throughout the tristate area. The application deadline is Aug. 31.
 
     Ag Community Relief is organizing a large hay donation convoy to North Dakota later this month. The first hay drawing will be in early September. More drawings will be held as donations allow.

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Livestock producers and agricultural lenders in drought-stricken areas of the
Dakotas and Montana have a way to estimate the amount of aid they might receive
from the Livestock Forage Program (LFP) and how far it will go toward
alleviating financial stress.

North Dakota State University has an Excel program that quickly will provide an
estimate of payments to date for a generalized scenario, according to Andy
Swenson, the NDSU Extension Service's farm and family resource management
specialist. The LFP calculator is at www.ag.ndsu.edu/farmmanagement/farm-bill.

LFP, authorized under the 2014 farm bill, provides assistance to producers for
grazing losses caused by drought.

LFP eligibility rules require that producers own, lease or be a contract grower
of covered livestock during the 60 days prior to the qualifying drought.
Producers also must have owned or leased grazing land for the livestock in a
county affected by drought.

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