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USDA Partnership Requests Landowner Input on Drought Conditions

Drought conditions

Release No.: 2020-07-038                                                                 

Contact:

Scott Oviatt, Snow Survey Supervisory Hydrologist
Phone: (503) 414-3271
Email: Scott.Oviatt@usda.gov

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Climate Hubs, working in collaboration with the National Drought Mitigation Center and the National Integrated Drought Information System, are requesting input from states, tribes and others to collect Condition Monitoring Observer Reports (CMOR) on droughts impacting landowners across the country.

The CMOR tool is used to collect on the ground observations from landowners to help inform drought monitoring research. These local drought observations are important, as they provide input into the U.S. Drought Monitor process and inform agencies that make decisions based on dry and wet conditions.

Landowners can provide input through the online reporting form.

The reporting form is mobile friendly and accepts photos. Landowners can comment on crop impacts, livestock impacts such as poor pasture conditions, and whether they are observing low or dry wells.

Landowners are not required to send in data on all aspects but can choose from the impact areas where they have the most direct knowledge. Contact information will not be shared publicly. View examples of submitted drought reports here.

Please note that this form is not part of the process to apply for assistance should a drought be declared.

Learn more about the Drought Monitor and how the USDA uses the map as a trigger for programs that help agricultural producers recover from drought and other natural disasters.

Read more about Condition Monitoring Observer Reports (CMOR) and what to report.