Farmers Eligible for Flood Assistance

By KBJR News 1

Farmers Eligible for Flood Assistance

September 12, 2012 Updated Sep 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applictions for state flood assistance from farmers who were affected by June's flooding.

Grants are available to eligible farmers in Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Goodhue, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Lake, Meeker, Pine, Rice, Sibley and St. Louis Counties.

The grant program was created as part of the flood relief package passed into law during the legislative session on August 24 by Governor Mark Dayton and state legislators.

Eligible losses may include, feed and forage damages, damages to buildings or other agricultural structures, agricultural equipment losses, organic and specialty crop losses, and other related farm or ranch damages.

Expenses for clean-up and debris removal are also available.

The application form can be found here. Applications will be received until October 24, with funds expected to be delivered in January.

Due to limited funds and uncertainty about the number of applications, the MDA cannot determine the level of reimbursement for applicants.

Farmers must provide the following information with their application:
- List of feed inventory or harvested forage losses
- List of capital damages including fencing, agriculture structure, agriculture equipment, or other capital losses
- List of debris removal expenses, organic and specialty crop losses and other losses or flood related expenditures
- Attach photocopied receipts or verified estimates

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