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The deaths add pain to the U.S. cattle industry as producers have reduced herds due to drought and grappled with feed costs that climbed as Russia's invasion of Ukraine tightened global grain supplies.
Cattle producers who lost calves in the April 2022 snow storms -- especially in western North Dakota where drought or dry conditions persist -- say the government's Livestock Indemnity Program needs update its funding formula and rules if partial compensation will be relevant.
A series of April blizzards created a “long tail” of cattle illnesses, including pneumonia and scours. Losses range from zero to hundreds of calves, on top of record-setting drought and low feed and forage supplies. The numbers hide some of the effects — the loss in value when either a calf or a cow is lost, leaving orphans. 
Storms in May ripped apart grain bins and mangled equipment. Loans through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture available to farmers hit by the storms.

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Reporter Mikkel Pates describes how the May 12, 2022, derecho wind storm hit close to home. He helped his brother, who farms near Volga, South Dakota, clean up building damage.
Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux and other officials visited Minnesota farms on May 19 to take a look at the damage from the storm that blew through a week before. High winds ripped apart grain bins and mangled irrigation and other equipment as well as damaging houses and other buildings.
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A derecho – a large-scale wind storm with 90- to 100-mph straight winds and two tornados – blasted through eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota on May 12, 2022, killing one, damaging buildings including hundreds of farms.
FARGO, N.D. -- Meteorologists in the region are forecasting more threats for storms or showers every day this week, but it looks like Tuesday, June 13, was the worst of it.
Many times when a farmstead or town is struck by violent straight line winds, people are reluctant to believe that the storm was not a tornado. Tornadoes hold an almost mythical status in our minds and it can be hard for people to accept that sev...
Today is the anniversary of the Empire Builder train tornado of 1931. Around 4:30 that afternoon when The Empire Builder, the transcontinental passenger train that originated in Seattle and was heading toward Chicago, was actually struck by a tor...

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This week has been designated Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week in North Dakota and so it is a good time to review. It is the National Weather Service, and not the local broadcast media, that issue all Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Warnings....
FARGO, N.D. -- A rain-wrapped tornado touched down south of Princeton, Minn., Monday afternoon. Large trees were knocked over along U.S. Highway 169. There was excellent video taken of the storm but the entire mesocyclone was entirely obscured by...
Helena, Mont. -- With record-breaking snowfall and severe weather conditions affecting many throughout the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture wants to remind folks that the Hay Hotline is available to producers as an online tool to conn...

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