North Dakota Ag Official Pleads Feds For Drought Help

(Bismarck, ND) -- North Dakota's top agriculture official is pleading with the federal government to change policies to provide relief for ranchers.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is asking federal officials to allow ranchers to hay idled grassland while it's still of good quality.  

Ranchers have been allowed limited grazing rights on Conservation Reserve Program land, and have been seeking permission to hay that land.  

Ranchers say the relief is needed as the drought deepens and record heat persists in the state.