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Cloud seeding opponents in North Dakota aim to end program
8/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

Society & Public Health
North Dakota
Hettinger County, ND

Start Date: 8/5/2017 -  
Some North Dakota farmers assert that seeding clouds with silver iodine makes clouds dissipate and makes the drought worse. The growers aim to end the state cloud-seeding program that has continued for decades. The Bismarck Tribune (N.D.), Sept. 25, 2017 Farmers and ranchers in Hettinger County were circulating a petition in favor of ending a weather modification program statewide. Given the drought, opponents of cloud seeding distrust the practice and would prefer natural rainfall. Residents of Hettinger County suspect that cloud seeding in Bowman County is affecting precipitation in Hettinger County. The Bismarck Tribune (N.D.), Aug. 5, 2017