The US Department of Agriculture has declared an agricultural disaster in 31 North Dakota counties where farmers experienced major crop losses this year.
A cold and wet spring kept farmers from planting about four million acres of cropland this year.
In addition, freeze damage, hail damage, and a summer drought cut production in many areas where a crop was seeded.
The USDA disaster declaration makes federal assistance available to farmers and ranchers in the 31 impacted counties as well as 15 other counties that are contiguous to the 31.
Only 4 counties in extreme southwest North Dakota and three counties in the southeast part of the state are left out of the disaster declaration.