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Helping Restore Flooded Ag Land

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Flooded ag land that has been plagued by water since 2011 has become a breeding ground and collection point for weeds and other debris.

A new program announced today by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture aims to help return that land back to a viable productive asset for Ag Producers.

Shaun Sipma has more.

Several years of flooding and high water has taken its toll on farm, pasture and hay lands that fall within the grasp of the Mouse River.

Invasive-noxious weeds have taken over many of those areas making it unfit for production and costly to the producer to try and control.

Today Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring announced the Land Enhancement and Habitat Renewal Program to reverse the damage to a group of producers in Granville.

(Doug Goehring, ND Agriculture Commissioner) "The program is going to be designed to help producers land owners with reclamation efforts, soil conditioning, landscaping. The focus is also going to be on making sure that we're out there controlling, eradicating, and managing weed control."

Goehring says the program is on a 50-50 cost share basis.

 

(Doug Goehring, ND Agriculture Commissioner) "We can look at cover crops, you can look at other forage crops, we can also look at other native species. But it's looking at getting them established so we start to do something to enhance the habitat."

Goehring says there is 40-thousand dollars available in the first round of applications for the program with a follow up of 50-thousand next year.

For many at the meeting in Granville the main concern for their affected land is the continued flooding problems that have persisted over the past several years and getting federal agencies to acknowledge their long term stake in the Mouse River Basin.

Goehring said with programs like the Land Enhancement and Renewal Program it's a step forward toward recover and the more people that participate in each program is documented proof in numbers of the long term needs.

(Doug Goehring, ND Agriculture Commissioner) "I see more of this money or at leas the ability to utilize more of this money probably in the Mouse River Watershed anything downstream or upstream of Minot."

Application Forms can be found online at ndda.nd.gov or by calling 701-328-2983.

With Your Eye On Agriculture, SHaun Sipma KX News.

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