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.
Visit farmers.gov to learn more about the many USDA programs that can help you manage risk, build resilience and assist with drought recovery on your operation.
- PRESS RELEASES
- USDA Expands Assistance to Cover Feed Transportation Costs for Drought-Impacted Ranchers
- Statement by President Joe Biden on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
- FACT SHEET: The Biden-Harris Administration Acts to Address the Growing Wildfire Threat
- White House Launches Drought Relief Working Group to Address Urgency of Western Water Crisis
- USDA Offers Disaster Assistance to Illinois Farmers and Livestock Producers Impacted by Drought
- 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.
- USDA DROUGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Executive Summary: National Drought Resilience Partnership Priority Items - July 31, 2019 (PDF, 156 KB)
- NDRP Priority Actions - July 31, 2019 (PDF, 327 KB)
- National Drought Resilience Partnership 2016 End of Year Report, January 2017 (PDF, 2.5 MB)
- National Drought Resilience Partnership - August 2016 Report (PDF, 4.2 MB)
- MORE USDA DROUGHT RESOURCES