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BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has declared a drought disaster for almost all of North Dakota, his office said Thursday, July 27. The U.S. Drought Monitor's report showed almost 46 percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought, up from 40 percent last week, the governor's office said. More than 300 wildfires have been reported to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services since April 1.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., have announced that the Senate and House Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations bills will make $250,000 available to help prevent blackbird damage to crops. The funding will specifically support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Health Inspection Service's use of fixed-wing aircraft to repel birds from fields.
PIEDMONT, S.D. — In an effort to traverse each state in the America, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to South Dakota on Wednesday for a peek into ranch life. And while visiting the Norman family ranch in Piedmont, Zuckerberg was given a first-hand look at the drought that’s shaken the state’s agriculture economy to its core in 2017.
BISMARCK—Federal officials have designated 15 North Dakota counties as "primary natural disaster areas" due to drought conditions, members of the state's congressional delegation announced Friday, June 30. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 11 counties as "contiguous disaster areas." The designations open up the availability of various disaster relief programs, said state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "These programs provide options for producers who are managing through this drought with scarce resources," he said in a statement.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has issued warning about the dangers of the Conium maculatum plant, commonly known as poison hemlock. The plant has been found in southeast Minnesota, spreading quickly in the St. Charles and Lanesboro areas. All parts of the plant - leaves, stems, flowers and roots - are poisonous. Residents should wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves when handling the plant and never ingest any part of it.
In response to calls for a solution to the ever-growing piles of used plastic on farms and at boat dealers, the Recycling Association of Minnesota, Otter Tail County and several other counties have teamed up with the Revolution Plastics Company to collect and recycle many types of these plastics. There is still time for farmers to sign up to get on the list to pick up a free dumpster to use for recycling their bale wrap, silage bunker covers and silage bags at no charge.
JUD, N.D. — A 19-year-old man died after attempting to rescue a puppy that had fallen into an uncovered portion of a farm septic system in LaMoure County. Jesse Wagner, 19, died after he went head first into the 18-inch opening to retrieve the puppy, lost his grip and slid about 10 feet deeper into the septic system Saturday, June 10, according to Sheriff Robert Fernandes. Marie Fisher, Wagner's mother, was unable to extract Wagner from the septic system. The body was recovered at 7:30 p.m., Fernandes said.
WAGNER, S.D. — About 200 baby pheasants and other birds were killed Monday and about 500 eggs were lost when a building sustained heavy smoke damage in Wagner. A heat lamp is believed to be the cause of the smoldering structure, owned by Steve Krcil, in which he raised upland birds like partridge, quail and different species of pheasants. He said Tuesday he's been raising birds for three years.
Daryl Lies, the president of NDFB, will join the "Jay Thomas Show" at approximately 2:35 p.m. Thursday to talk about issues that are now popping up because of the North Dakota 2013 SB2211 animal cruelty law. Daryl says these issues should be concerning for everyone that owns an animal--including as a pet and on the farm. Daryl will take your phone calls at 293-9000 or 1-888-970-9329 or you can email the show at email@example.com . Click here to listen live.
GRAND FORKS — A red 1977 farm truck hauling hay avoided rear ending another vehicle on an Interstate 29 exit ramp by hitting the ditch and ultimately losing its load on Wednesday, May 31. The truck driver has not yet been identified as the crash remains under investigation, but according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at 5:53 p.m. when the truck and vehicle ahead of it were on a southbound I-29 exit.