N.D. Delegation Presses for Presidential Disaster Declaration
North Dakota Ag Connection - 08/10/2017
Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer Wednesday pressed the administration to approve North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum's request for a presidential major disaster declaration due to the severe drought. In a letter
to the president, the delegation cited the extreme drought conditions in requesting additional federal support for the state.
"We are grateful for the actions already undertaken by your administration to bring relief to North Dakotans struggling due to this severe drought. For example, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Perdue has designated 15 counties and 11 contiguous
counties as primary natural disaster areas and has released Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land for emergency haying and grazing. Additionally, the U.S. Small Business Administration is providing low-interest economic injury loans to offset small
nonfarm businesses' economic losses. Unfortunately, our producers are not currently eligible for these loans. While the steps taken by the federal government are appreciated, more must be done to respond to this disaster and a major disaster declaration would
allow the state and its residents the necessary resources from the federal government in order to weather this devastating drought," wrote the delegation.
"The impact of this drought has grown beyond the capability of the state and local authorities to provide relief. We urge you to agree to this request and approve a major disaster declaration as soon as possible so that the necessary federal resources are
available to help our producers and assist our state and its residents during this time of crisis."