As drought conditions expand in the Dakotas, Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux says resources are available for livestock producers. The Livestock Forage Program provides payments to farmers and ranchers who lost grazing forage due to the drought. As of the first week of May, in North Dakota all but six counties qualify. “Livestock must have been owned, leased or purchased or held during the 60 days prior to the beginning day of the qualified drought, unless they had to sell them because of the drought,” explained Ducheneaux. Emergency loans are also available through the FSA for all counties in North Dakota, except Richland and Sargent. Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office to learn more. At this time, county FSA offices are staffed at 50 percent capacity. Most offices are taking in-person visitors by appointment.
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