15 North Dakota counties designated as agricultural disaster areas due to drought
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 North Dakota counties as agricultural disaster areas. All are severely impacted by drought.
The designation opens up Farm Service Agency disaster relief programs such as emergency loans.
Earlier this week, the USDA made CRP acres available only grazing in impacted areas.
Counties covered by the declaration include Burleigh, Morton, Ward, Williams, Stark, Mercer, Adams, Billings, Bowman, Divide, Golden Valley, Hettinger, McLean and Slope.
Producers have eight months to apply for the emergency loans.