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Drought

Drought affects nearly every facet of USDA, reducing water quality, quantity and devastating the communities, farmers and ranchers we serve and the resources we protect. USDA works across government, non-profit and private sectors to track drought conditions and deliver science-based solutions and technical expertise to help farmers, ranchers, private landowners, and other land managers respond to these challenges.

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U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a weekly map of drought conditions jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USDA and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
  • Submit a report to the Drought Impact Reporter to describe how drought is affecting you and your livelihood. The Drought Impact Reporter is the nation's first comprehensive database of drought impacts, providing researchers and other users detail of on the ground drought impacts nationwide.
  • Become a CoCoRaHS Observer and join a grassroots network of thousands of trained volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to improve meteorological science by measuring and reporting precipitation of all kinds. Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS, is the largest provider of daily precipitation observations in the United States. The data from these observations are used by USDA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for tools like the U.S. Drought Monitor.
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