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Assistance available for blackbird damage to crops


September 2, 2019

 Blackbirds feeding on sunflower crop. Photo provided by USDA/APHIS/WS National Wildlife Research Center

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is reminding farmers that assistance is available for blackbird damage to crops through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services program.

“Blackbirds cause millions of dollars in losses annually to sunflower and grain crops in North Dakota,” Goehring said. “Wildlife Services provides integrated blackbird damage management by loaning nonlethal management equipment to farmers and assisting with blackbird dispersal from sunflower fields and roost sites.”

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