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DROUGHT

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While conditions are especially acute in Texas, about 54% of all U.S. cattle were in some form of drought as of Aug. 16, up from 36% a year earlier. Cattle slaughter is high nationwide, temporarily increasing supply but portending tighter supplies in future years.
The 2021 drought was most intense in northern Minnesota but producers in all but four Minnesota counties will be eligible for state aid.
Drought relief in Minnesota is aimed at livestock producers, including dairy farmers, and at specialty crop farmers, like those who grow fruits and vegetables, who might sell through farmers markets. Drought-related expenses from June 1, 2021, to May 22, 2022, are eligible.
North Dakota has finally left severe drought status due to the spring storm events. However, parts of South Dakota are still in extreme drought status and are in need of moisture.
The Leingang family of St. Anthony, North Dakota explains how their cattle and crop farm-ranch operation weathered the April blizzards and how planting season has been delayed, but buoyed because of the resulting moisture.
The 2021 drought was most intense in northern Minnesota but producers in all but four Minnesota counties will be eligible for state aid.

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Monday, May 23, deadline looms for drought relief, supplemental agriculture budget.
"When we look at midsummer — June, July and August — there is a very strong consensus among the climate models and forecasters that this summer will be a hot one,” SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist Laura Edwards said.
Farmers impacted by natural disasters in 2020 and 2021 should begin receiving emergency relief payments through the Farm Service Agency’s new Emergency Relief Program to offset crop yield and value losses, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

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