BISMARCK — The deadline for eligible expenses for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture's Emergency Feed Transportation Assistance Program has been extended. The program will reimburse eligible producers for a portion of feed transportation expenses between Sept. 30, 2019, and Feb. 20, 2020.

The deadline for applications to be submitted has been pushed to March 2.

“Based on numerous requests, we are granting an extension to allow producers more time to get feed purchased and hauled and submit those expenses to be considered for the program,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said in a press release. “As a result of extraordinary weather conditions last fall, many producers are still purchasing and transporting feed to replace what they’ve lost or were unable to access.”

Requirements for the program include:

  • Must have verifiable feed losses which required the producer to purchase supplemental feed or haul breeding livestock to a feedlot. Examples include the producer was unable to cut corn at the appropriate time to make silage, had hay that was flooded or lost access to hay or other feed.
  • Must own at least 25 animal unit equivalents of dairy cattle, beef cattle, bison, sheep or goats.
  • Feed has to be used for the purposes of the producer's own livestock operation.
  • Transportation costs incurred between Sept. 30, 2019 and Feb. 20, 2020.
  • Must have costs related to transportation outside of an applicant's normal livestock operation.

Producers must provide verifiable feed losses through photos, written descriptions and third-party verification. Applicants are required to have receipts for purchased feed and transportation costs. Transportation costs will be reviewed and approved based on standard trucking rates. The program will reimburse a portion of expenses dependent on the total amount of eligible applications received and approved.

For those interested in applying, go to www.nd.gov/ndda.