Hay transportation assistance program now open

Hay being hauled by truck

NOTE: The deadline for eligible expenses has been extended until Nov. 6, 2017. The deadline to have applications submitted or postmarked by has been extended until Nov. 13, 2017. Please see this updated story.

BISMARCK – A program that will reimburse eligible producers for a portion of hay transportation expenses is now open.

Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring announced the emergency hay transportation assistance program on Aug. 22 to help producers impacted by the drought.

“Hay shortages have forced producers to purchase and transport hay from increasingly further distances,” Goehring said. “This program will assist producers with defraying some of those costs to help sustain their operation into the next year.”

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.
In lieu of transporting hay, producers who transported breeding livestock outside of drought counties are also eligible.
Transportation costs must have been incurred between June 1, 2017, and Oct. 20, 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 https://www.nd.gov/ndda/ to fill out and submit an application or to download a paper version.

Only costs incurred between June 1, 2017 and Oct. 20, 2017 are eligible. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by Nov. 3, 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.