North Dakota’s request for a Secretarial Disaster Designation is approved for 47 of 53 counties in the state. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue addressed the request with the Red River Farm Network. “I talked with Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring on Thursday and he told me about 90 percent of the counties were impacted by the latest snow and flood.” Now Minnesota’s Secretarial Disaster Designation request needs approval. Perdue couldn’t commit to a timeline on turnaround. The recently passed disaster provision is capped at $3.2 billion and Perdue says there are several disasters to address across the country. Perdue recognized the prevent plant and flooding in the Northern Plains. “We know there are farmers who couldn’t get sugarbeets and potatoes out of the ground,” said Perdue. “For disaster aid, we’ll go the insurance route first. The challenge will be while the money was capped, the time period was all through 2019. We’ll have to see if the money matches up with the demand.”
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