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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 09/13/17

North Dakota's Industrial Commission has approved a low-interest loan program for ranchers dealing with drought....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Industrial Commission has approved a low-interest loan program for ranchers dealing with drought. The commission voted Wednesday to allow the state-owned Bank of North Dakota to offer the loans to help ranchers rebuild breeding stock and to pay for feed to sustain herd levels. The commission oversees the bank. Its members are Gov. Doug Burgum, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.
 
     Goehring says North Dakota cattle ranchers have sold off about 100,000 animals in recent months due to drought. Bank president Bank president Eric Hardmeyer says he expects the loans to total about $25 million.
 
     The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 66 percent of North Dakota in some stage of drought.
 
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    BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is encouraging livestock producers searching for hay haulers to access the North Dakota Department of Agriculture's Drought Hotline interactive map. The map, available at www.nd.gov/ndda, provides contact information for more than 30 hay haulers, as well as multiple options for producers looking to find hay or feedlots in North Dakota and other states.

    "I have heard from producers who say they can't find a trucker to haul hay. The Department of Agriculture has been in contact with several truckers who are available and at reasonable rates," Goehring said. "I'm urging producers to access our Drought Hotline to find the hay haulers who best fit their needs and budget."

    Producers with questions are encouraged to call the Drought Hotline at 701-425-8454 or email nddand.gov for more information.

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    BISMARCK, ND - The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has been taking applications for the emergency hay transportation assistance program, which will reimburse eligible producers for a portion of hay transportation expenses. Producers are urged to take care to read all the instructions when filling out the application.

    "There are many different situations in which a producer may have incurred transportation costs due to hay shortages," Goehring said. "To verify eligibility of the application, we are asking producers to take extra care before submitting it."

    Goehring said his office has received applications missing some crucial information.

    Producers should make sure they meet program eligibility requirements, and then should be sure to do the following:

- Include a third party to verify that the producer owns the livestock claimed on the application. The third party needs to be the producer's banker, veterinarian or county extension agent.

- Ensure that all applicable fields are filled out. Incomplete applications are at risk of being rejected.

- Expenses that seem unusual or extraordinary are subject to rejection or will be reduced to average transportation rates.

    "We understand how supply and demand works, and costs may be higher than they were last year," Goehring said. "But we are not subsidizing or supporting behavior that exploits or increases costs to producers."

    Program eligibility requirements may be found on the application. Producers must provide verifiable records of livestock inventories and hay transportation expenses. The program will reimburse producers a portion of expenses dependent on the total amount of applications received and approved through the program. Other feeds and supplements are not included.

    Livestock producers interested in applying should go to NDDA's website at www.nd.gov/ndda to fill out and submit an application or to download a paper version.

    Only costs incurred between June 1, 2017 and Oct. 20, 2017 are eligible. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by Nov. 3, 2017.

    Questions about filling out the application may be directed to 1-844-642-4752.

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    NEW ORLEANS (NDDA) - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has been elected Vice President of Food Export-Midwest Board of Directors at the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).

    "It is a privilege to be invited to serve on the leadership team at Food Export-Midwest," Goehring said. "I am looking forward to working alongside Food Export-Midwest President, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and the team to continue the important mission of helping companies export food and agricultural products."

    Food Export-Midwest offers a variety of programs and services to help grow exports of value-added food and agricultural products. Whether your company is just getting started or is already exporting to several countries, Food Export-Midwest has multiple programs and services to assist you.

 


   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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