Delayed State Food Transportation Cost-Sharing Program | News, Sports, Jobs
BISMARCK – Applications for a state program that will reimburse eligible producers for a portion of the cost of transporting feed have been delayed pending details of a similar federal program.
The emergency feed transport assistance program was reactivated on August 26 to help drought-affected producers, and applications were scheduled to open in mid-September. On September 8, the United States Department of Agriculture announced the expansion of the Livestock, Honey Bee and Farmed Fish (ELAP) Emergency Assistance Program to immediately cover the costs of food transport for pastoralists affected by drought.
“We are waiting for the details of the USDA program and will develop parameters around it so that we do not overlap,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “Producers interested in the state program should continue to keep records and receipts for the cost of transporting feed purchased or feed placed outside of normal operations.”
The state program will cover part of the cost of transporting feed due to loss of feed between April 8, 2021 and November 30, 2021. Feed must be used for the purposes of the producer’s livestock operation .
Updated details can be found at www.nd.gov/ndda/eftap as they become available. Producers with further questions can email [email protected] or call 844-642-4752.
The State of Emergency Commission met in late August and approved $ 2.5 million to reactivate the program, which was last used in 2019.