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Published June 06, 2011, 02:21 PM

ND Ranchers and Farmers Face Flooding Problems

The rising Missouri River is forcing North Dakota farmers and ranchers to adapt.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The rising Missouri River is forcing North Dakota farmers and ranchers to adapt.

Keith Suchy tells KFYR television that 150 acres of his farm including alfalfa and pasture are flooded. He's moved cattle to a differennt pasture and said he might have to sell the herd if the water doesn't go down by October.

A few miles downriver, Kevin Schmidt is plowing up a field of spring wheat and replanting it to corn because he needs the feed for winter. But Schmidt says his situation is better than those whose homes are threatened by the river.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says ranchers along the Missouri and other flooding rivers need to move livestock to higher ground before it becomes more difficult to do so.

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