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Ag disaster money headed to counties

BISMARCK (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared an ag disaster in 31 North Dakota counties for major crop losses.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple said farmers there and in another 15 counties are also eligible for supplemental disaster help and other federal programs.

Heavy snowpack, flooding, frost and freeze damage kept farmers from planting more than 4 million acres this year.

The agricultural disaster is for the counties of Benson, Bottineau, Burke, Burleigh, Cavalier, Divide, Emmons, Grand Forks, Grant, Kidder, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Renville, Rolette, Sioux, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Walsh, Ward and Wells.

The declaration also makes help available to farmers and ranchers in 15 contiguous counties: Adams, Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Dunn, Eddy, Foster, Griggs, Hettinger, LaMoure, McKenzie, Sheridan, Stark, Steele and Williams.