Utah farmers still struggling from previous dry winters

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HERRIMAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – Utah farmers are still feeling the effects from back to back dry winters.

Faith Ching is the Founder and Executive Director of Ching Farm Rescue & Sanctuary. She says it’s been a struggle to find hay and feed her 150 farm animals. 

“This year was really hard. We got some crappy hay because my guy was scrounging for anything. We had to return it was so bad,” she explained.

The price for hay has gone up 50 percent.

Ching had to turn to the community for help.

“It went up to $1,800 from $1,200 a month in hay. So that’s huge,” Ching said. “We go through six tons a month.”

“Our alfalfa hay also went up from $8.00 a bail to $13.30. We go through two tons of that every month.”

It’s not just Utah. Ching says with flooding and drought-stricken areas throughout the United States, farmers have seen the perfect storm.

“Every sanctuary across the nation is scrambling for hay and just talking about how grateful they are for just one truckload,” Ching said.

To learn more about Ching Farm Rescue & Sanctuary and its educational tours and camps for kids, click here.

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