BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Drought-stricken cattle ranchers in Wyoming are looking to rent land in North Dakota to graze their animals.
North Dakota is doing better than most other Great Plains states this year. While large areas of Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota are in drought, most of North Dakota is not.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports about two-thirds of North Dakota's pasture and range land is in good-to-excellent shape, while Wyoming officials have requested a federal disaster declaration for all but one county.
North Dakota Stockmen's Association President Jason Schmidt says the state's ranchers are always happy to help others, but he's not sure how much land is available since ranchers have started to rebuild herds after flooding and have more animals grazing themselves.