Everyone is feeling the impact of this historic drought, but North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says livestock producers may have the toughest situation. The availability of grass and hay is just not enough to sustain North Dakota’s cattle herd. Goehring is seeking the release of CRP ground for haying, but USDA has been tightlipped. “I anticipate good news, I’m just not sure what the date is going to be and when we’ll find out.” Goehring has been fielding calls constantly as people are looking for answers. When busy, farmers and ranchers don’t have time to dwell on this stressful situation. “When it is wet, they are frustrated because they can’t get a crop in, but moisture is always a good thing. When it is dry, you’re busy, busy and busy, but pretty soon you run out of time, money and patience.”
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