FEMA says no to presidential declaration on drought
October 8, 2017
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota won't be getting the presidential major disaster declaration it had sought for this summer's drought.
Gov. Doug Burgum lobbied hard for the declaration, which could have unlocked direct disaster payments to farmers and ranchers. He first made it in August, and also asked President Donald Trump directly last month when the president made an appearance at an oil refinery in Mandan.
But Burgum's office announced Monday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had denied the request. FEMA Administrator Brock Long wrote that direct assistance is "not appr...