""44.6% of the United States including Puerto Rico""
- Curtis Riganti at the National Drought Mitigation Center on the spread of moderate to exceptional drought in our nation
What’s top of mind for farm profitability?
Drought persisted across much of the West, Southwest and Texas this week. Additionally, flash drought over parts of the Great Plains, Ozarks, and Mississippi Valley continued to intensify and cause agricultural problems.
So it’s dry everywhere?
Actually, no. While there’s drought elsewhere, the lower Great Plains and Midwest experienced heavy rainfall.
That’s good right?
While the rains might have improved regional drought conditions, it did lead to severe flooding in the St. Louis Metro area. This metropolitan region had previously been experiencing abnormally dry conditions.
So what can I do to protect my operation?
With drought continuing to effect innumerable farmers within the FarmRaise community, we wanted to bring attention to a Farm Service Agency (FSA) program, known as the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP). The ECP can provide emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to revitalize land following natural disasters and implement emergency water conservation measures during periods of severe drought.
This week’s Farm Prosperity Checklist offers a bit more information regarding this farmland rehabilitation and conservation program.
Land that is used as:
This cost-sharing program features different payment tiers:
Enrollment periods and eligibility for ECP vary across states. Contacting your local FSA is the best way to understand possible cost share funding opportunities afforded through Emergency Conservation Program.
We're falling on dry times. Even tropical island, Puerto Rico, has been experiencing drought. Farmers are on the frontlines of climate change. If you need support, consider the ECP or apply for funding to switch to regenerative practices that will make your farm or ranch more drought resistant.
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