Flooding Causes Problems For State's Farmers And Ranchers

Jun 9, 2016

Credit Bob Beck

Flooding is causing problems for some of the state’s farmers and ranchers.

Annie Bryce is the county executive director for the Farm Service Agency in Fremont County. She says May flooding near Lander and Riverton damaged ditches, which can prevent irrigation of farmland. That flooding also destroyed fences, which can lead to the loss of livestock.

"If there are no fences, you know, that cow or calf goes down for a drink and often drowns. I have producers that their fences all went down and they’re still missing over a hundred head," says Bryce.

Bryce says that now, many farmers and ranchers are waiting for the run-off to recede before making repairs. High temperatures are forecast for the weekend, though, and may result in continued high water levels as snow continues to melt. Flood warnings are currently in effect for the Little Wind River, the Laramie River, and the North Platte River.