- Associated Press - Thursday, August 3, 2017

BISMARCK , N.D. (AP) - Drought conditions in North Dakota haven’t changed much over the past week.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 82 percent of the state in some stage of drought, up slightly from 79 percent last week.

Most of central and western North Dakota remains in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories.

Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring are hosting a public drought meeting in Mott on Monday.

The federal government has declared numerous North Dakota counties to be disaster areas, and Burgum last week also declared a drought disaster. That has opened to door to various forms of aid, such as emergency loans and haying and grazing of conservation land.

North Dakota Farmers Union on Thursday called for federal disaster payments for drought-impacted farmers and ranchers.

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