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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.

- Albert Barnes

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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 08/17/17

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is clearing the way for farmers in that state to help out their drought-stricken colleagues in the Northern Plains....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is clearing the way for farmers in that state to help out their drought-stricken colleagues in the Northern Plains. Walker has declared a 30-day state of emergency for the purpose of transporting loads of forage to the Dakotas and Montana. All three states have been dealing with extreme drought this summer. State officials in Wisconsin are relaxing certain commercial driving restrictions and fees to help with the transport of hay and other forage.
 
     North Dakota's Agriculture Department, North Dakota State University and the Michigan-based nonprofit Ag Community Relief this month announced a program to accept hay donations at a site near the Fargo campus and distribute it to needy producers in the three states through a lottery drawing next month.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring are hosting public drought meetings next week in Stanley and Beach. The Stanley meeting is 5-8 p.m. Central time Monday at the Mountrail County South Complex. The Beach meeting is 5-8 p.m. Mountain time Thursday at the town's Community Center.
 
     The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor map, released Thursday, shows 82 percent of North Dakota in some stage of drought. Forty-four percent of the state is listed in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories.

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     ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The boards of two agriculture co-ops in the Dakotas have decided to hold a second vote among their members about merging. The Aberdeen American News reports that a narrow majority of members from North Central Farmers Elevator voted in 2015 against merging with the Wheat Growers.
 
     Discussions resurfaced a couple weeks ago when leaders of both groups wanted to gather member feedback on the idea amid a changing agricultural environment. North Central Board President Rick Osterday says the feedback collection ended Tuesday. He says it indicates members believe unification will help with competition and securing members' equity. Voting on the merger ends Sept. 28.
 
     Both co-ops are based in South Dakota. North Central has about 2,500 members, while the Wheat Growers has 5,400 members in eastern North Dakota and South Dakota.

 


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