- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association is hailing a livestock disaster program that’s part of a compromise version of the Senate and House farm bills.

Under the bill that still needs approval by the House and Senate, ranchers who lost livestock to natural disasters will be able to recoup some of their losses. The provision would be backdated to when the programs initially expired in 2011.

North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Executive Vice President Julie Ellingson says that provision provides a safety net for ranchers and was the group’s No. 1 priority.

Ellingson says the reauthorization of the livestock disaster program will help cattle ranchers in the Dakotas who lost thousands of animals in an early October blizzard

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