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We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.

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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 07/12/17

Gov. Doug Burgum has further relaxed commercial driving restrictions to help drought-stricken North Dakota farmers and ranchers.....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Doug Burgum has further relaxed commercial driving restrictions to help drought-stricken North Dakota farmers and ranchers. His executive order Wednesday allows producers to drive farm vehicles farther than 150 miles without a commercial driver's license. That means they can travel longer distances to transport livestock, hay and water.
 
     Burgum earlier waived driving hour restrictions on commercial haulers of hay, water and livestock, and eased weight limits for those trucks.
 
     The state also is putting more money into its Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply cost-share program.
 
     Eight National Guard helicopters stand ready to help fight wildfires.
 
     The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows nearly all of western North Dakota in either severe or extreme drought, and most of the rest of the state in either moderate drought or abnormally dry.

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     GLADSTONE, N.D. (AP) - A judge says Stark County can't seize about 70 horses and 20 cattle from a Gladstone rancher accused of abusing and neglecting them. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Southwest District Judge Rhonda Ehlis says Gary Dassinger should be able to keep his animals, because of how their condition has improved.
 
     The Stark County State's Attorney's Office sued Dassinger in April after a local veterinarian found some of Dassinger's animals to be in poor shape. Two horses were severely crippled and were euthanized.
 
     Dassinger has said health problems made it difficult for him to care for the animals. Dassinger faces a July 31 preliminary hearing on the animal neglect charges.
 
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    BISMARCK, N.D. (NDDA) - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring applauded U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue for releasing additional resources for North Dakota livestock producers. "We are extremely grateful for Secretary Perdue's continued support and understanding of the difficult situation North Dakota livestock producers are faced with," Goehring said. "The additional flexibilities add much needed resources for our hardest hit counties."

    Secretary Perdue authorized emergency haying on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres beginning July 16 through Aug. 30 for eligible counties and those with any part of its border within 150 miles of an eligible county.

    According to USDA, "Landowners interested in emergency haying of CRP acres should contact their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office and meet with their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff to obtain a modified conservation plan to include emergency haying."

    Goehring also was informed that the USDA will authorize up to a 12-month exemption to the FSA farm loan requirement that borrowers maintain physical control of their livestock during the term of the loan.

    "With the drought conditions spreading, some of our producers see a viable option in drylotting or moving livestock to where the forage is located," Goehring said. "I appreciate the Secretary's action to give our producers more options for taking care of their livestock."

    All drought assistance programs and emergency provisions offered by USDA agencies may be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/disaster or by calling a local FSA office.
 

 


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

 

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