BISMARCK – The deadline for eligible expenses for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Hay Transportation Assistance Program has been extended. The program will reimburse eligible producers for a portion of hay transportation expenses incurred between June 1, 2017, and Nov. 6, 2017.
The deadline for applications to be submitted has also been extended until Nov. 13, 2017.
“Based on numerous requests, we are granting an extension for work to be completed and those expenses to be considered for the program,” Goehring said. “Even though we had a nice fall, there is a tremendous amount of hay that must be moved great distances, putting a great deal of pressure on farmers and ranchers.”
Program eligibility requirements include:
• Must have been in a D2, D3 or D4 county.
• Must own at least 25 animal unit equivalents of dairy cattle, beef cattle, bison, sheep or goats. A description of animal unit equivalents may be found directly on the application.
• Hay must be used for the purposes of the producer’s own livestock operation.
o In lieu of transporting hay, producers who transported breeding livestock outside of drought counties are also eligible.
o Straw used for feed is also eligible.
• Transportation costs must have been incurred between June 1, 2017, and Nov. 6, 2017.
• Must have costs related to transportation outside of an applicant’s normal livestock operation.
Producers must provide verifiable records of livestock inventories and hay transportation expenses. The program will reimburse producers a portion of expenses dependent on the total amount of applications received and approved through the program. Other feeds and supplements are not included.
Livestock producers interested in applying should go to NDDA’s website at www.nd.gov/ndda to fill out and submit an application or to download a paper version. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by Nov. 13, 2017.
Funding for the program is provided through the Department of Emergency Services. The state emergency commission approved borrowing $1.5 million from the Bank of North Dakota for the program.
Questions about filling out the application may be directed to 1-844-642-4752.