North Dakota officials on Thursday unveiled a program that will reimburse eligible ranchers for a portion of feed transportation expenses.

The Emergency Feed Transportation Assistance Program will help producers who have verifiable feed losses as a result of extraordinary weather conditions this fall, Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said.

The state Emergency Commission on Wednesday approved $250,000 for the program.

There are several eligibility requirements. Producers must provide verifiable feed losses through photos, written descriptions and third-party verifications. Applicants must have receipts for purchased feed and transportation costs.

Transportation costs will be reviewed and approved based on standard trucking rates.

The program will reimburse producers a portion of expenses dependent on the total amount of approved applications.

For more information or to apply, go to www.nd.gov/ndda.

Applications must be submitted or postmarked by Feb. 10.

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