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Farmers in 19 North Dakota counties are eligible to apply for federal assistance through a relief program announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The effort is to help farmers impacted by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. The signup through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus begins Sept. 11. More than $3 billion is available through the disaster relief package passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in early June.

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“U.S. agriculture has been dealt a hefty blow by extreme weather over the last several years, and 2019 is no exception,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.

The office of U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., issued a list of qualifying counties in North Dakota for 2019: Adams, Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Emmons, Grand Forks, Grant, Hettinger, LaMoure, Logan, McKenzie, Morton, Pembina, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Traill and Walsh.

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