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Drought forces Wyoming ranchers over the border to North Dakota

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The weather does not impact many industries in the U.S., but drought plays a significant role in the agricultural sector.
The weather does not impact many industries in the U.S., but drought plays a significant role in the agricultural sector.

The weather does not impact many industries in the U.S., but drought plays a significant role in the agricultural sector. A brutal dry spell in Wyoming has forced ranchers from the state and their used farm equipment to seek new and potentially fertile ground in neighboring North Dakota.

The Associated Press reported that large areas of Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota are in drought, or at least at levels that are abnormally dry, while North Dakota farmers have been working on land that is in good-to-excellent shape, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"With the conditions the way they have been in Wyoming, we have a lot of producers looking for other options for their operations," Jason Fearneyhough, director of Wyoming's Department of Agriculture, said in a statement. "To help alleviate the issues that Wyoming producers are facing, we hope producers in surrounding states have some grass available for rent."

Wyoming Business Report noted that the local government may have to take action, as the drought conditions have forced farmers in the state to seek refuge across the border.

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