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As Montana agricultural producers strive to find adequate feed for livestock during severe drought conditions and a damaging wildfire season the Montana Department of Agriculture is issuing guidance for out-of-county or state shipments of hay to prevent the spread of noxious weeds and other invasive pests. The Department’s Noxious Weed Program is available to assist producers in their decision to use hay from out of state.

Joe Dooling a producer in Lewis and Clark County is trying to do just that by reversing train traffic that has been used to take his products to market and instead bring hay back to Montana from areas in the country that have an abundant crop because of the high price and scarcity of the product in the Treasure State. He emphasized how important this is on Voices of Montana recently.

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