Drought Response and Information for Iowa Farmers

The extended and widespread drought this summer throughout Iowa is causing major crop and forage losses for farmers. NRCS is working to adjust program contracts, apply waivers and modifications in light of the weather-related hardships.

In anticipation of crop failures, forage and feed shortages, seed and other input price increases, pasture damage, and other consequences of the drought, we are directing our staff to work with farmers to provide guidance on repairing practices, re-seeding, and modifying contracts, and any other actions we can take to assist Iowa farmers during this time.

Steps NRCS is taking:
  • Initiate compliance plan variances and waivers to accommodate change in rotations or tillage due to weather
  • Reschedule new practices and construction starts
  • Forages - Coordinate with partners to identify sources of emergency forages
  • Seeking additional funding to repair damaged or failed practices
  • Work with CRP landowners who are planning to graze or hay CRP acreage
  • Briefing all staff on emergency response and assistance to drought

Emergency Drought Assistance

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)                                              

Wetlands Reserve Program and Conservation Reserve Program

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

Managing Pasture and Forage after Drought 
Managing Cropland After Drought with Cover Crops