Livestock producers who incurred certain extraordinary feed-related expenses or losses because of this year's harsh winter or spring flooding may be eligible for compensation through the 2009 North Dakota Livestock Feed Transportation Program. Funding for the program includes a United States Department of Agriculture grant with additional state funding provided by the North Dakota Legislature.

"If you had unusual losses of feed due to flooding, additional costs for transporting feed or had to pay extra for snow removal in order to reach feed or livestock, you may qualify for compensation," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.

Goehring said the losses or costs must have been incurred between Jan. 1 and May 31, 2009 and must exceed 125 percent, in at least one of the categories, of the prior three-year average for the same time period.

The program does not cover the cost of purchased feed. Payments will be based on a per-head basis to producers who meet the established loss/cost criteria.

To read the entire article and learn more about how to benefit from this program, link to The Farm and Ranch Guide.