More counties added to state’s drought disaster list

Seven more North Dakota counties have joined Dunn County on the state’s natural disaster list by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The federal agency added the latest counties to the disaster list Friday.

Hettinger County was one of 16 counties which had been listed in May because of drought conditions. It was joined by Billings, Bowman, Burleigh, Emmons, Golden Valley, Grant, Dunn, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Montrail, Oliver McHenry, Sioux, Slope, Stark, Ward, Williams and Sheridan.

Now, Renville, Ward and McLean were added Sept. 26. Eddy, Foster, Nelson, Wells and Stutsman were added Friday (Oct. 5).

According to the federal agency, a drought monitor now shows approximately 76 percent of the state has been affected by the drought.

The agency had specified that there was enough impact to agricultural production for parts of the state to earn a natural disaster designation.

Among the benefits of the designation is the ability for farmers to access assistance programs such as the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), which makes payments to eligible livestock producers who have suffered losses on drought-affected pastureland. The payments are reportedly triggered by the drought intensity level for each county and can range from one monthly payment to five monthly payments.

In addition, emergency grazing is permitted for certain North Dakota counties based upon the level of drought there.

For more information, contact the county FSA officer.

In Hettinger County, the service center is located in Mott at 319 Brown Avenue. The telephone number is 701-824-2691.

There is also a regional office in Dickinson at 2493 Fourth Avenue W Room B.

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