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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 - 08/03/17

Drought conditions in North Dakota haven't changed much over the past week....

     BISMARCK , N.D. (AP) - Drought conditions in North Dakota haven't changed much over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 82 percent of the state in some stage of drought, up slightly from 79 percent last week. Most of central and western North Dakota remains in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories.
 
     Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring are hosting a public drought meeting in Mott on Monday.
 
     The federal government has declared numerous North Dakota counties to be disaster areas, and Burgum last week also declared a drought disaster. That has opened to door to various forms of aid, such as emergency loans and haying and grazing of conservation land.
 
     North Dakota Farmers Union on Thursday called for federal disaster payments for drought-impacted farmers and ranchers.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Agriculture Department, North Dakota State University and a Michigan-based nonprofit are joining in an effort to help provide hay for drought-stricken ranchers in North Dakota. The department and university have set up a site near the Fargo campus to accept hay donations that will be doled out to needy producers through a lottery process.
 
     Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says Michigan-based Ag Community Relief is spearheading a large hay donation to the state this month. The first hay drawing will be in early September.
 
     The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows most of western North Dakota in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories. The federal Agriculture Department reports that nearly three-fourths of the state's alfalfa hay crop is in poor or very poor condition.

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     HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The drought that is plaguing eastern Montana came on fast. More than a third of the entire state is now in severe, extreme or exceptional drought after another week with little or no rainfall, according to a report Thursday by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's U.S. Drought Monitor. Just three months ago, there were no drought areas at all.
 
     Ann Schwend of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation called it a "flash drought" before a legislative committee this week.
 
     The drought monitor estimates that 12 percent of the state - most of northeastern Montana - is in exceptional drought, which is the top end of the scale. That means widespread crop and pasture losses and water-shortage emergencies. That area is surrounded by a larger land mass covering all of eastern Montana that is in severe or extreme drought.

 

 

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