In late March, ice jams in the Yellowstone River Valley caused flooding near the North Dakota/Montana border. Approximately 14,400 acres of land were taken over by the floodwaters. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture says 1,400 of those acres are unable to be planted with the intended crops. A number of grain bins with stored crops were also flooded. USDA’s Farm Service Agency has approved use of the Emergency Conservation Program, providing a 75 percent cost share for the restoration of farmland. The Bank of North Dakota is also working to implement loan programs to offset repair and rebuilding costs.
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