Wis. Farmers Send Hay to Drought-Ravaged Oklahoma

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin farmers are helping out hungry Oklahoma livestock during a prolonged and severe drought.

Oklahoma has had more than 50 days of 100-degree weather this summer. A Wisconsin Public Radio report says 67 of the state's 77 counties have been declared disaster areas because of the drought.

That means farm animals there don't have enough hay to eat.

Randy Jasper is a grain farmer from Muscoda. As a member of Wisconsin-based Family Farm Defenders he's helping organize efforts to send two semi-trailer trucks full of hay down south.

Oklahoma farmer Willard Tillman is grateful. He says what little hay farmers have down there is low quality and overpriced. He says family farms are at risk of going out of business, and he hopes Wisconsin's help makes a difference.

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