ND Drought Map Expands

ND Drought Map Expands Click to Enlarge

North Dakota's agriculture commissioner wants the federal government to increase help for drought-stricken ranchers.

Doug Goehring has asked federal Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to allow emergency haying of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program in drought-impacted areas.

Perdue late last month opened up CRP land to emergency grazing.

Late last week, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven announced that the government was opening up land in the Wetland Restoration Easement program to haying and grazing.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows nearly all of western North Dakota in either severe or extreme drought.


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