North Dakota: feed transportation cost-sharing program announced
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced the availability of a program that will reimburse eligible producers for a portion of the cost of transporting food. The Emergency Feed Transportation Assistance Program will help producers who have transportation costs associated with moving livestock or feed.
“The drought dramatically reduced forage production and many producers had to purchase and transport additional feed,” Goehring said. “This program will help producers defray some of these transportation costs in order to help them maintain their operations over the next year. “
The eligibility requirements for the program include:
Must have verifiable food losses due to drought which forced the producer to purchase additional feed or move feed from non-traditional sources
Must have at least 25 animal unit equivalents of breeding animals, defined as: dairy cattle, beef cattle, bison, sheep or goats
Transportation costs of food purchased or food set up outside normal operations due to food loss incurred between April 8, 2021 and November 30, 2021 will be eligible. The animal feed must be used for the purposes of the producer’s livestock operation.
For full details on the program, visit http://www.nd.gov/ndda/eftap. Producers with further questions can email [email protected] or dial 1-844-642-4752. Applications will be available on the Ministry of Agriculture website at http://www.nd.gov/ndda in mid-September and will close on December 15, 2021.
Goehring encouraged those wishing to help the trucks to add their information to the Hay helpline by calling 701-425-8454 to have their name and information added to the database. A self-service Hay Hotline card is available on http://www.nd.gov/ndda/ for those looking for forage.
The State of Emergency Commission met on Thursday and approved $ 2.5 million to reactivate the program, which was last used in 2019.
–North Dakota Department of Agriculture