Water supplies are tight, and in some cases even non-existent, in pasture dugouts, ponds and other sources of water for livestock. While not many cattle have been turned out to graze yet, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Executive Vice President Julie Ellingson says ranchers are worried about water availability and quality. “With little to no snow this winter across most of the state, the runoff that fills some of those dugouts is not there,” says Ellingson. “Unfortunately North Dakota has seen a lot of color on the Drought Monitor, and that makes people nervous. That’s why producers are seeking out more permanent water solutions.” One resource is the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program. The North Dakota Water Commission has made an additional $1.5 million available. “This provides cost-share support for water related projects up to $4,500 per project with a three project maximum. They reactivated the program at the beginning of the month and it has been very popular.” Since April 8, more than 100 projects valued at more than $400,000 have been processed. Hear more from Ellingson on drought resources for ranchers, the state legislative session and more in this Red River Farm Network interview.