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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 - 07/27/17

Farm Rescue is coming to the aid of ranchers affected by drought.....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Drought plaguing North Dakota farmers and ranchers has worsened over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows nearly 8 percent of the state in "exceptional" drought, the highest category. That's up from 6 percent last week. All of central and western North Dakota is in some stage of drought, with most areas in severe or extreme drought.
 
     The conditions are ravaging pastures, hay land and crops. The federal government has declared numerous North Dakota counties to be disaster areas, paving the way for federal aid.
 
     Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday declared a drought disaster for counties and tribal reservations experiencing severe, extreme or exceptional drought, along with adjacent counties. That could open up even more aid, including help from the North Dakota National Guard.

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     HORACE, N.D. (AP) - The Farm Rescue nonprofit in the northern Plains is coming to the aid of ranchers affected by drought. The organization is transporting hay free of charge to producers in need in the Dakotas and Montana. All three states have been hit hard by drought this summer. The free hay hauling will continue until money for the effort runs out. The nonprofit also is accepting donated or discounted hay.
 
     North Dakota-based Farm Rescue does physical labor for farmers in need in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana. Volunteer-based services including crop planting and harvesting, haying, hay bale-hauling and grain-hauling.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Four major manufacturers of farm implements are going to court to block a new North Dakota law designed to protect farm equipment dealers. The law permits North Dakota implement dealers to sell generic rather than name-brand replacement parts, but the manufacturers contend the law is unconstitutional. This week they filed a complaint in federal court against Gov. Doug Burgum and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
 
     KFGO-AM reports the complaint was filed by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and manufacturers Agco, CNH, Deere & Company and Kubota. The companies contend the new law interferes with federal right-to-contract and copyright protection claims. The manufacturers are asking for damages and want a judge to block the law scheduled to go into effect August 1. Stenehjem says he will "vigorously" defend the law.

 

 

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