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Kansas Drought Information

Kansas Drought Information

Drought ResourcesKansas currently faces its worst drought in 30 years with all 105 counties in emergency drought status. In August 2012, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced additional financial and technical assistance to help crop and livestock producers in Kansas apply conservation practices that reduce the impacts of drought and improve soil health and productivity.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has the science-based solutions and technical experts on the ground today to help farmers and ranchers through this drought and to prepare our country for weather events in the future. NRCS offers financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to cope with drought across the nation.

As drought conditions worsen in Kansas, NRCS has compiled resources from federal, state, and other local agencies and organizations to help farmers and ranchers cope with the current hot and dry conditions. Please check back regularly for updated information.

The following article appeared in the November/December 2012 edition of Kansas Livestock Association's Kansas Stockman magazine. (requires Acrobat Reader)

Minimizing Stress - Key to Grass Recovery (PDF; 202 KB)

Links to Drought Resources



Eric Banks

Kansas Ag Network Interview

Kansas NRCS State Conservationist Eric Banks details two announced programs for Kansas—a new Water Quantity and Drought Pilot program and a Drought Recovery Initiative.

Irrigation pipeline

NRCS offers science, conservation action to help landowners deal with drought

Faced with limited water resources, farmers and ranchers are turning to the NRCS for expert advice and assistance to conserve water.

Cover crop

Cover crops improve soil health, help farmers weather drought

With assistance from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, farmers and ranchers across the nation are using cover crops to protect soil – their most valuable asset, especially with many facing drought conditions again this year.