Federal agriculture officials tour drought-stricken ND

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal agriculture officials are touring drought-stricken North Dakota.

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven invited Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux and Risk Management Agency Acting Administrator Richard Flournoy for a two-day visit to hear directly from farmers and ranchers about how one of the driest years in recent history is affecting their livelihoods.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says about two-thirds of the state is under extreme or exceptional drought, which is the two top categories.

On Wednesday, the group visited a federal Agricultural Research Service grazing unit in Mandan and made a second stop in Minot.

Thursday’s stops are in Carrington and Argusville.

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