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Brian Haugen

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  1. USDA Extends Deadline to Apply for Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers with Animal Losses

    Thu Sep 16, 2021 02:00 PM

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2021— The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing additional time for livestock and poultry producers to apply for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP). Producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing may now apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals through Oct. 12, 2021, rather than the original deadline of Sept. 17, 2021. PLIP is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.

  2. USDA Accepts More than 2.5 Million Acres in Grassland CRP Signup, Double Last Year’s Signup

    Fri Sep 10, 2021 01:00 PM

    FARGO, N.D., September 10, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has accepted offers for more than 2.5 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment through this year’s Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Signup. This is double last year’s enrollment and brings the total acres enrolled across all CRP signups in 2021 to more than 5.3 million acres, surpassing USDA’s 4-million-acre goal. Producers and landowners submitted offers for nearly 4 million acres in Grassland CRP, the highest in the signup’s history. 

  3. USDA Expands Assistance to Cover Feed Transportation Costs for Drought-Impacted Ranchers in North Dakota

    Wed Sep 8, 2021 02:00 PM

    FARGO, N.D., September 8, 2021— In response to the severe drought conditions in the West and Great Plains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today its plans to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on grazing. USDA is updating the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) to immediately cover feed transportation costs for drought impacted ranchers. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide more details and tools to help North Dakota ranchers get ready to apply at their local USDA Service Center later this month at

  4. Emergency Haying, Grazing of Conservation Reserve Program Acres Available to Help Livestock Producers Weather Drought

    Thu Aug 12, 2021 01:00 PM

    FARGO, N.D. – Aug. 11, 2021 – Agricultural producers impacted by drought can now request haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres in all North Dakota counties, while still receiving their full rental payment for the land.  

  5. USDA Offers Disaster Assistance to North Dakota Farmers and Livestock Producers Impacted by Drought

    Wed Jul 21, 2021 01:00 PM

    FARGO N.D., July 21, 2021 – North Dakota agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by the ongoing, severe drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers and livestock producers recover. As agricultural producers move into recovery mode and assess damages, they should contact their local USDA Service Center to report losses and learn more about program options available to assist in their recovery from crop, land, infrastructure and livestock losses and damages.

  6. USDA Announces 2021 Signup Period for its Soil Health and Income Protection Program

    Mon May 10, 2021 04:00 PM

    FARGO, N.D., May 10, 2021 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that agricultural producers in the Prairie Pothole states can now sign up for the Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP), which provides a short-term option to plant cover on less productive agricultural lands while improving soil health and carbon sequestration.

  7. Perdue Names Appointees to the North Dakota USDA Farm Service Agency

    Fri Jan 24, 2020 04:22 PM

    Fargo, N.D., Jan.12, 2018 - U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the individuals who will serve on the North Dakota USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) state committee. The state committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agriculture community, and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs.