BISMARCK, N.D. – Multiple state agencies will provide informational resources for farmers, ranchers and other North Dakotans impacted by extreme drought conditions during a town hall meeting Monday, Aug. 7, in Mott, N.D., hosted by Gov. Doug Burgum and state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.
Nearly 97 percent of North Dakota is experiencing drought or abnormally dry conditions, and 44 percent is in extreme or exceptional drought, according to Thursday’s U.S. Drought Monitor report, which remained largely unchanged from the previous week. While much of the state received rainfall this week, totals are still well below average in many areas and drought conditions persist. For some, the rainfall came too late to help small grains and will have only minimal benefit on parched hay and row crops.
“This statewide drought disaster is causing tremendous stress and economic hardship for farmers and ranchers – pain that will be felt by all North Dakotans, from Main Street to the dinner table,” Burgum said. “Our state agencies are committed to helping struggling livestock producers and other citizens however we can, and we encourage those affected by drought to take full advantage of the resources available.”
Monday’s public meeting will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (MDT) at the Knights of Columbus building, 315 Brown Ave., Mott. Those attending will have the opportunity to pick up informational resources and ask questions of state officials. Agencies planning to send representatives include the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Department of Emergency Services, Department of Human Services, Forest Service, Highway Patrol, State Water Commission, Southwestern District Health Unit and the NDSU Extension Service.
Burgum and Goehring will address the crowd and take questions starting at around 6 p.m. For more information on drought and wildfires, visit www.ndresponse.gov.