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Drought forecast improves


Montana is still not out of its drought - which some areas have been experiencing for nearly five years - but the situation is looking better than it has in years.

"When you compare last year to this year, it's a turnaround," said Peggy Stringer, state statistician of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Montana Agricultural Statistics Service.

Jesse Aber of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said the members of the Governor's Drought Advisory Committee are cautiously optimistic.

But, he pointed out, the state still has to recover from four to five years of precipa...

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