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Brancel Asks State Farmers to Help North Dakota Ranchers
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/19/2017

With many North Dakota ranchers suffering from extreme drought conditions this year, Wisconsin's agriculture secretary is asking local producers to help out by proving any extra feed they may have available to spare. Ben Brancel issued a call-out to state farmers late last week, where he encouraged them to place any extra hay on the state's Farmer-to-Farmer website.

"Wisconsin farmers have always had big hearts, and this is one more way they can help out their neighbors, even neighbors who are two states away," Brancel said.

And with many Wisconsin farmers also experiencing feed losses of their own because of winterkill, Brancel said local growers may even find someone closer who needs help.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring reached out to Brancel last week to ask for help to spread the word about his state's need.

As of early June, that state's topsoil moisture was short to very short in more than half the state, and pasture and range conditions were rated 70 percent fair to very poor.

The University of Wisconsin-Extension operates the website at, which helps connect farmers with hay to buy or sell. A hotline is also available for callers to report what they are able to provide at 701-425-8454.

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