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The hay lottery organized by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) N.D. Agricultural Experiment Station has been expanded to drought-affected producers in the tri-state area....

    BISMARCK, ND - The hay lottery organized by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) N.D. Agricultural Experiment Station has been expanded to drought-affected producers in the tri-state area.

    "We are pleased to open the hay lottery to producers in South Dakota and Montana experiencing drought and wildfire," North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "Ag Community Relief, the Michigan organization arranging a large-scale hay donation convoy to North Dakota in mid-August, is fundraising and continues to seek donations and volunteers. We are so appreciative of their efforts. We are also grateful to NDSU for providing the space and staffing to store and distribute the donated hay. Without these two entities, this would not be possible."

    "Once we started hearing from producers on how severe the drought was, we knew we had to help in some way," said Matt Schaller, president of Ag Community Relief. "With such a large area affected, a program like this hay lottery really made sense. It's just too hard to pick and choose who receives what hay we can bring. This program will give everyone a little hope and let them know that farmers across America are thinking of them. We really hope to see hay come in from all over the Midwest to help these folks in their time of need."

    Any individuals or organizations willing to donate hay or trucking for the hay lottery should call NDDA's Drought Hotline at 701-425-8454 to get information about delivery to the collection site near the NDSU campus.

    "The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, through the Department of Animal Sciences, is ready to assist producers who have been adversely impacted by this year's drought conditions and grassland fires," said Greg Lardy, NDSU Animal Sciences department head. "We know livestock producers in this region are struggling to find adequate hay supplies for their livestock, and this program is one small way we can help them."

    Livestock producers interested in applying for the hay lottery should fill out and submit their state's application. Applications for each state are available at Eligible producers must be from a D2, D3 or D4 or fire-affected county and own at least 25 animal unit equivalents of state-specific livestock. Eligible livestock and a description of animal unit equivalents may be found directly on each state's application. The latest drought monitor depicting the drought levels of specific counties may be found at The application deadline is August 31, 2017.

    Each state will conduct their own drawings.

    "With much of South Dakota experiencing drought conditions, the hay lottery is a great resource for producers looking for additional feed for livestock," said South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers. "I appreciate Ag Community Relief, all the producers providing hay and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture for making this program possible."

    "Donations have been pouring in from throughout Montana to help folks affected by both drought and fire. These people are the unsung heroes of the disaster response and a reminder of how the worst of times can bring out the best in people," said Montana Department of Agriculture Director Ben Thomas. "We are proud and grateful to join with Ag Community Relief and our friends in North and South Dakota to get more resources to those affected."

    The hay will be distributed in semi-load lots with the first drawing in early September. If additional donations are taken in after that date, more drawings will occur. Drawings will occur in two age categories: ages 35 and under, and ages 36 and above. Producers that are selected will be responsible for arranging hay transportation from the NDSU site.

    Questions about filling out the hay lottery application may be directed to 701-328-4764 or 1-844-642-4752.

    FARGO, ND - North Dakota's farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, increased from 2016, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Farm real estate value for 2017 averaged $1,840 per acre, up $10 per acre (1 percent) from last year.

     Cropland value was unchanged from last year to $2,000 per acre. Pastureland, at $850 per acre, was $20 higher than the previous year.

    Cash rents paid to landlords in 2017 for cropland were mixed from last year. Irrigated cropland rent averaged $161 per acre, $5 below last year. Dryland cropland rent averaged $64 per acre, $3 lower than a year earlier. Pasture rented for cash averaged $17 per acre, unchanged from the previous year.

    County level averages of 2017 cash rents paid to landlords will be released on September 8, 2017.


    FARGO, N.D. - Farm and Ranch Production Expenditures for the Plains Region totaled $89.0 billion in 2016, down from $93.5 billion in 2015, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The Plains Region includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

    These results are based on data from farmers and ranchers in the Plains Region who participated in the Agricultural Resource Management Study conducted by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers were contacted in January through April to collect 2016 farm and ranch expenses.


    BISMARCK, ND - The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is gathering information on plant damage that may have been caused by use of the herbicide dicamba.

    Dicamba is a selective herbicide used to control broadleaf weeds and woody plants. It has many applications, including lawn care, crop production and range management. Historically, it has been used in pre-plant and pre-harvest applications on soybeans. Recently, new low-volatile formulations have been approved for postemergence use on dicamba-tolerant soybeans.

    "Many growers and applicators have expressed concerns regarding potential off-target dicamba applications with resulting crop damage," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "Those who suspect dicamba damage are encouraged to complete our survey to help us quantify the number of potential reports and acres impacted."

    The survey may be found at

    Information gathered from the survey will not be used for pesticide enforcement against applicators and no penalties will be issued based on the survey. Those wishing to file a formal pesticide complaint should contact NDDA at 701-328-2231.



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