BISMARCK, N.D. - The USDA approved the state's disaster declaration request for 47 of North Dakota's 53 counties.
Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring sent a letter last week to Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the declaration. This was in response to farmers dealing with excessive moisture this harvest season, on top of continuous international market disputes.
The request comes the same day Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is hosting Under-Secretary Bill Northey.
Governor Burgum said in a statement, "We continue to explore every available avenue to make sure our ag producers have the resources and tools they need to cope with these unprecedented wet conditions that are delaying the harvest and hurting our livestock producers."