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ND Ag Department Releases List of Protest-Related Damages

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture released a memo Monday quantifying some of the costs that the months long protest has had on area farmers and ranchers.

According to the release, local ranchers have incurred individual losses of $15,000 to $20,000 while the state Ag Department has spent 900 hours responding to protest-related activities, including pest-infested firewood.

  • Number of Morton County households affected by protest activities: 544
  • Individual losses claimed by Morton County farmers and ranchers: $15K-$20K
  • Livestock killed or missing: 23
  • Livestock injured: 34
  • Number of hours Ag Dept. has spent on potentially pest-infested firewood: 200
  • Ag Dept. employee hours dedicated to pipeline protest-related activities: 700
  • Emotional and mental distress and anguish for rural families: Widespread

Farmers and ranchers have also been subject to intimidation and harassment from out-of-state protesters who’ve consistently demonstrated a complete lack of respect for those who live and conduct business in Morton County.