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Drought Relief Programs Webinar Set

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Submitted by Craig Askim, Extension Agent/Agriculture and Natural Resources

Rain over the last week was welcomed in Mercer County. However; it was not enough to erase the drought conditions. The county overall is still dry. Some areas are worse than others. Many producers and ranchers have heard about government programs and are calling with questions. Below is an upcoming webinar that NDSU Extension and the North Dakota Farm Service Agency will be hosting to provide information on the different payment programs available and what producers need to do to sign up for them.

Producers will have an opportunity to learn more about Farm Service Agency programs.

Producers who are experiencing drought-related challenges will have an opportunity to learn more about the programs the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has to offer during a webinar that North Dakota State University Extension and the North Dakota FSA are hosting on Monday, June 7, at 11 a.m. Central time.

“Drought presents many tough challenges for farms and ranches,” says Brian Haugen, acting state executive director for the North Dakota FSA. “FSA administers programs that can offer a range of services and programs to help anticipate, survive and recover from drought conditions.”

The webinar will provide information and guidance for producers on the following drought assistance programs:

  • Conservation Reserve Program emergency haying and grazing
  • Disaster declarations
  • Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)  
  • Emergency loans
  • Livestock Forage Program (LFP)
  • Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)
  • NDSU livestock forage calculator demonstration

“This a good opportunity for North Dakota ag producers to learn about federal programs that can help them get through the extreme drought conditions many producers are facing,” says Ron Haugen, NDSU Extension farm management specialist. “There are many helpful resources available and this will allow farmers and ranchers an opportunity to find out more.”

To register for the webinar, visit https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/drought/.

Participants may ask questions during the live webinar. The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be archived at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/drought/livestock/government-programs/government-programs for later viewing. For more information on drought resources, visit the NDSU Drought Resource page (https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/drought) or https://www.farmers.gov.or call your local County Extension Office.

Source: Ron Haugen, 701-231-8103, ronald.haugen@ndsu.edu

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