BROWNING – Severe winter weather is putting a strain on farmers and ranchers on the Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap reservations.

The Montana Hay hotline is calling for donations of hay for both reservations.

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services officials at Fort Harrison say they are in touch daily with agriculture producers in the area daily.

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Browning has done an assessment and reported to Disaster and Emergencies that they do have hay on hand, but their usage is coming up to none.

DES is working with Governor Bullock’s donations management team.

Delila Bruno, Administrator for Disaster and Emergency Services said they have reached out to some 400 people nationally and are expecting to have a great number of people contribute much needed forage.

“It’s always great when neighbors help neighbors, and when we see folks in Montana donate to their neighbors in need, we really appreciate that as well as the donations that come in nationally. It really means a lot,” said Bruno.

To find out how to help with donations, visit their website.

If you have questions, you can contact Bronk Speakthunder at 406-399-4939.

The Montana Community Foundation has set up a website to accept donations for hay and hay hauling costs. That website can be found here.