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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 03/27/17

Ranchers in the Dakotas are helping colleagues in the Southern Plains dealing with the effects of devastating wildfires...

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Ranchers in the Dakotas are helping colleagues in the Southern Plains dealing with the effects of devastating wildfires. Ranchers in the southern states lost thousands of animals and suffered tens of millions of dollars' worth of damage in the wildfires that blackened thousands of square miles this month. Dry conditions, low humidity and strong winds are blamed.

    The North Dakota Stockmen's Association and its Stockmen's Foundation each have pledged $15,000 to help ranchers in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. They've also set up a relief fund to which anyone can donate.

    The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association is paying state permit fees for anyone hauling donated hay through that state to the fire-ravaged areas. The group is contributing up to $1,000, which will fund 40 of the $25 oversized load permits.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota poultry farmers are being urged to take precautions against bird flu. Avian influenza has been confirmed in three Southern states. North Dakota State Veterinarian Susan Keller says poultry producers in the state should keep their birds away from wetland areas where migrating wild birds might land. North Dakota had two cases of bird flu in 2015, in Dickey and LaMoure counties.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota was tops in the nation in honey production in 2016 for the 13th consecutive year. The Agriculture Department says North Dakota producers with five or more colonies made 37.8 million pounds of honey last year, up 4 percent from the previous year. The 485,000 honey-producing colonies in the state were down slightly, but average yield was up 4 pounds to 78 pounds per colony. Prices for the 2016 crop averaged $1.73 per pound, down from $1.80 in 2015.

 

 

   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

 

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