Hay transportation assistance program wraps up

BISMARCK – North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Hay Transportation Assistance Program has wrapped up. The program will reimburse eligible producers for a portion of hay transportation expenses incurred between June 1, 2017, and Nov. 17, 2017.

In total, 492 applicants applied for the program and moved more than 289,000 bales a combined distance of 1.3 million miles.

“The program helped producers offset or defray costs associated with transporting hay under some very challenging conditions this last year,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “Applications included more than 126,000 livestock.”

Producers applied for nearly $4.1 million in assistance. The state emergency commission approved $1.5 million for the program and producers whose applications were approved should expect to receive approximately 36 percent of their costs by next week. Funding for the program is provided through the Department of Emergency Services.