All of North Dakota and much of Montana are in drought. For North Dakota, 47% of the state is in severe drought.

As a result, many ranchers are going through the process of developing drought plans for 2021.

North Dakota State University Extension specialists will host a live monthly webinar to assist ranchers as they navigate the drought. The webinars will be held the last Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. Central time and will start on Thursday, April 29.

The webinars will begin with an update on drought conditions and climate outlook. Specialists then will discuss upcoming drought triggers, how to access triggers for ranches and management strategies to consider. The goal is to help ranchers make timely decisions and enhance their ability to withstand the drought, as well as give them an opportunity to discuss drought-related concerns.

“Having a drought plan in place with well-defined triggers and actions enables ranchers to act proactively and reduce risk on their operation,” says Miranda Meehan, Extension livestock environmental stewardship specialist and disaster education coordinator.

Participants may ask questions during the live webinar. The webinar will be recorded, and the recording will be archived at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/drought for later viewing.

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