Area Code 701 - Information about North Dakota


North Dakota

North Dakota has been a long time producer of meat and other products for the human food chain. In fact, North Dakota is home to some of the most renowned and well known farmer's markets in the country. While it may be in good company, North Dakota continues to suffer from some of the worst drought conditions seen in a generation, forcing many of its cattle ranchers to sell off their herds.

The state's livestock population is already shrinking as the drought keeps the water table below what it should be and many farmers are unable to reach. As of July 1st, North Dakota will also be unable to export any of its products because of the same problem.

West Fargo, on the other hand, is suffering from the increased prices of meat. It was previously one of the largest beef producers in the country but now it is only one of the top 10. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard is currently working with the rest of the state to come up with a solution for their beef predicament.

Flowing into this is the greater cost of beef in Florida. With the continued drought situation in North Dakota, beef prices have skyrocketed to some of the highest in the country. This has had a big impact on the smaller rural towns like West Fargo.

Florida cattle ranchers are also feeling the pinch. According to several Florida cattle ranchers, the drought has forced them to sell off their herds as fast as they can. Instead of getting a large chunk of their cattle for cheap, they are now forced to get cattle for even less, because cattle ranchers are looking for beef right now instead of finding water.

Ranching in North Dakota isn't the only reason why the state has suffered from the drought; beef cattle also didn't make the cut. Even though cow numbers are down, there is still a large amount of cattle being bred in Minnesota. However, due to the lower cow numbers, farmers in Minnesota aren't able to get enough calves to survive.

Farmers in smaller towns are starting to panic. Many of them are hoping that the beef cattle that were put out to pasture will be able to survive the drought. They hope that the price of meat will stay high so that they can still sell off their remaining cattle, and those cattle would probably make a better profit in this kind of situation.

But the largest concerns in North Dakota are, of course, the cattle being raised there for beef. The future of the small town ranches in North Dakota are still uncertain at the moment, though.