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USDA to Help N.D. Counties Affected by Natural Disasters
North Dakota Ag Connection - 09/11/2019

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service Administrator Bruce Lammers Tuesday announced that USDA is making $150 million in grants available through the Community Facilities Program to help rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of hurricanes, fires and other natural disasters.

"When rural America thrives, all of America thrives," Lammers said. "Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA stands with the Nation's rural communities in their long-term recovery following natural disasters."

The $150 million is included in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act that President Trump signed into law on June 6, 2019. The grants may be used for relief in areas affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence; wildfires in 2018; and other natural disasters where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided a notice declaring a Major Disaster Declaration and assigned a FEMA disaster recovery (DR) number. View the list of designated communities as of Sept. 8, 2019. Please check the FEMA website for regular updates and names of additional communities that may be added.

U.S. Senator John Hoeven said that the North Dakota counties eligible for funding are as follows: Adams, Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Emmons, Grand Forks, Grant, Hettinger, LaMoure, Logan, McKenzie, Morton, Pembina, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Traill and Walsh.

"We recognize the tough times facing rural America, which is why we worked to provide these USDA funds to assist our communities as they recover from the losses and challenges caused by natural disasters, like flooding," said Hoeven.

Over 100 types of projects are eligible and grant applications will be accepted at USDA state offices until the funds have been exhausted. Those eligible to apply include municipalities, public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Funds are rewarded on a graduated scale and were included in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, which the President signed into law on June 6.

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