AG PRODUCERS MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR JOBLESS BENEFITS

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says farmers and ranchers in eight flood-impacted, North Dakota counties may be eligible for federal disaster unemployment assistance (DUA).

“The U.S. Department of Labor has extended the filing deadline for Disaster Employment Assistance in Barnes, Burleigh, McHenry, Morton, Ramsey, Renville, Richland and Ward counties and the Spirit Lake Nation,” said Goehring. “The temporary income assistance is available to workers, including farmers and ranchers, whose work has been lost or interrupted by a major disaster, and who may not qualify for regular unemployment benefits.”

The extended deadline dates are:

Aug. 26 – Burleigh and Ward counties
Aug. 31 – McHenry, Morton and Renville counties
Sept. 14 – Barnes, Ramsey and Richland counties and the Spirit Lake Nation.

Goehring said producers can file DUA benefits claims online at http://www.jobsnd.com/, by mail, fax or by phone at (701) 328-1152.