Deadline approaching for hay lottery applications

Hay coming into the collection site

BISMARCK – The application deadline for the hay lottery organized by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) N.D. Agricultural Experiment Station is Thursday, Aug. 31.

Livestock producers from North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana who have been impacted by the drought are eligible.

“We’ve received more than 1,000 applications so far from the tri-state area,” North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “This really shows how devastating the drought has been for producers.”

Livestock producers interested in applying for the hay lottery should fill out and submit their state’s application. Applications for each state are available at www.nd.gov/ndda. Eligible producers must be from a D2, D3 or D4 or fire-affected county and own at least 25 animal unit equivalents of state-specific livestock. Eligible livestock and a description of animal unit equivalents may be found directly on each state’s application. The latest drought monitor depicting the drought levels of specific counties may be found at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/.

Each state will conduct its own drawings.

The hay will be distributed in semi-load lots with the first drawing in early September. If additional donations are taken in after that date, more drawings will occur. Drawings will occur in two age categories: ages 35 and under, and ages 36 and above. Producers that are selected will be responsible for arranging hay transportation from the NDSU site.

Questions about filling out the hay lottery application may be directed to 701-328-4764 or 1-844-642-4752.

Any individuals or organizations willing to donate trucking for the hay lottery should call the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at the numbers listed above to get information about delivery to the collection site near the NDSU campus.