drought

Farm Rescue’s “Hay Convoy” Deploys to Help North Dakota Producers

Several local businesses and truck drivers volunteered time and resources

ROTHSAY, Minn. — A team of volunteers left Rothsay this morning to help drought stricken farmers in North Dakota. “There is hope and somebody does care about them,” said Nic Hendrickx with Farm Rescue. Farm Rescue rounded up more than 16 trucks for their hay convoy with the help of volunteers. Several local businesses and truck drivers are letting the…

Fergus Fall Business Teams Up with Farm Rescue to Help Drought-Stricken Producers

The convoy will leave Rothsay and travel 225 miles to Menoken in order to be distributed to producers

  FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A Fergus Fall business is teaming up with Farm Rescue to help producers, farmers and ranchers in North Dakota who are struggling with severe drought conditions. Beyer Towing, a towing and hauling company, and Farm Rescue are organizing a convoy of nearly two dozen semis filled with hay to be delivered to drought-stricken farmers and…

Governor Burgum Pushing for a Study of Cloud Seeding

He made the request after numerous complaints from farmers and ranchers

NORTH DAKOTA — Governor Burgum is pushing for a comprehensive study of cloud seeding. He made the request after numerous complaints from farmers and ranchers that the practice may be making drought conditions worse. Burgum told a meeting of the state Water Commission that a lot of people think the commission is using old and insufficient data to support the…

Drought Conditions Ease Throughout North Dakota

Many areas in the western side of the state are still getting hit by these dry conditions

NORTH DAKOTA — Drought has eased over the past week in North Dakota but still blankets the western part of the state. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 63 percent of the state in some form of drought, down from 82 percent last week. Areas of extreme or exceptional drought have declined. The only part of the state in…

NDSU Working on Helping Ag Producers Through Drought

Organizers say hay is crucial to many farmers in the region and they're grateful to lend a helping hand

FARGO, ND — NDSU is teaming up with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to provide relief to livestock producers affected by the drought. Both organizations have set up a location near the university to accept hay donations which will be distributed to farmers and ranchers in need during a hay lottery. So far, more than 400 bales of hay…

Relief Fund Set Up for Drought-Stricken Producers

Donations will be distributed early next year, with applications being accepted through the end of this year

  NORTH DAKOTA — A relief fund has been established for producers hit hard by drought. The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association and its foundation have established the Hope for the Heartland Drought Relief Fund. Donations will be distributed early next year, with applications being accepted through the end of this year. The North Dakota Corn Growers Association and Corn Utilization…

Recent Rain is Holding Back North Dakota’s Drought Conditions

Escalating drought conditions are still prominent but not getting worse thanks to recent rain

NORTH DAKOTA — Our much needed rain over the past week has keep drought conditions in North Dakota from getting worse. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 82 percent of the state in some stage of drought, unchanged from last week. Most of central and western North Dakota remains in extreme or exceptional drought. There was a small area…

North Dakota Expanding Hay Donation Lottery

The first lottery drawing will be in September

  NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota is expanding its hay donation lottery to ranchers struggling with the drought in surrounding states. The lottery is now open to producers in South Dakota and Montana. NDSU, the state Ag Department and Ag Community Relief set up a site on the college campus to accept hay donations that will be given to producers…

Governor Burgum Requesting Federal Help for Drought Relief

The governor said nearly 95 percent of the state is being impacted by drought conditions

  BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Burgum is asking for help on the federal level due to the severe drought conditions throughout the state. He is asking for a presidential disaster declaration through the regional FEMA office and would allow individual and direct federal assistance. Gov. Burgum is also asking for staff from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and other federal…

North Dakota Farmers Hoping to Salvage Crops

Wheat farmers in western North Dakota are seeing the impact of the drought

NORTH DAKOTA — There’re acres of dry dirt where wheat should be growing. Now, farmers in North Dakota just hope to save a portion of their crop. Wheat farmers in western North Dakota are seeing the impact of the drought. One farmer in Belfield said his production is just one-third of what it usually is. North Dakota wheat farmer Ed…