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NORTH DAKOTA DROUGHT INFORMATION FOR LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS

NORTH DAKOTA DROUGHT INFORMATION FOR LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS

  • Who should I contact to discuss options for my farm?
    • First, contact your county United States Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency (USDA-FSA) office. For contact information to your local office, please click here. You may also want to interact with the North Dakota FSA office as well as other North Dakota state and federal officeholders including my office.
  • Info on Emergency Haying and Grazing of CRP
    • Under abnormally dry conditions, the USDA-FSA can authorize emergency haying or grazing of eligible conservation reserve program (CRP) acres to alleviate a shortfall of forage.
    • Like with all Farm Bill programs, the potential for emergency haying and grazing is only meant as a lifeline to our livestock producers.  I count on local, state and national FSA to reasonably meet the needs of our cattlemen and cattlewomen without distorting the market depended upon by our hay producers.      
    • Click here for detailed information on options provided by the USDA-FSA.
  • Am I eligible for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP)?
    • The LFP makes payments to eligible livestock producers who have suffered losses on drought-affected pastureland.  Payments are triggered by the drought intensity level for an individual county, as published in the U.S. Drought Monitor. To view the current Drought Monitor, click here.
    • See this fact sheet for more information.
    • See table on the Livestock Forage Program below courtesy of the Congressional Research Service.

      Drought Monitor Intensity

      Time Period

      No. of Monthly Payments

      D2 (severe drought)

      For at least eight consecutive weeks during the normal grazing period

      one monthly payment

      D3 (extreme drought)

      At any time during the normal grazing period

      three monthly payments

      D3 (extreme drought)

      For at least four weeks during the normal grazing period

      four monthly payments

      D4 (exceptional drought)

      At any time during the normal grazing period

      four monthly payments

      D4 (exceptional drought)

      For four weeks (not necessarily consecutive) during the normal grazing period

      five monthly payments

  • Contact Information:
    • Your County FSA Office: find your local office here
    • Congressman Cramer's Office: (202) 225-2611
    • North Dakota FSA Office: (701) 239 5224
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