Dalrymple Requests USDA Begin Crop Damage Assessments
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today sent a letter to Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Director Aaron Krauter requesting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) begin a statewide assessment of crop damages and production losses due to drought, hail, flooding and other weather-related events.
Dalrymple’s request for FSA to prepare a damage assessment report is the first step in seeking a secretarial disaster declaration which would make supplemental disaster assistance and other USDA programs available to help farmers and ranchers manage production losses.
“It’s important that the process of assessing crop damages be completed so that assistance is available to farmers and ranchers,” Dalrymple said.
In his letter, Dalrymple requests that FSA complete a damage assessment report for all counties in North Dakota as soon as practical to capture the full extent and diversity of farmers’ and ranchers’ losses during the growing season.
U.S. drought monitor data issued July 26 shows that drought is impacting 30 percent of North Dakota, with 16 percent of the state experiencing severe drought and 14 percent undergoing moderate drought. North Dakota farmers and ranchers are also losing crop production and crop quality to hail, disease and other perils, Dalrymple said in his request for a statewide damage assessments.
Dalrymple also has activated the state’s Unified Drought Task Force, setting in motion the work of four work groups that analyze drought conditions, assess drought impacts and develop mitigation measures.