WV Drought Update: 18 Percent of WV Now D2 Status
– According to
National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), 18.7 percent of
West Virginia is now considered under D2 (severe drought) status. These
areas may experience potential crop loss, as well as water shortages.
“The WVDA is
concerned for the well-being of West Virginia livestock, as well as
potential crop loss. We are working with our partners to assimilate
potential resources for farmers,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent
Leonhardt. "We encourage those affected to check with your local FSA
office for resources."
The West Virginia
Department of Agriculture (WVDA), WVU Extension Service, USDA-FSA, the West
Virginia Conservation Agency and the West Virginia Department of Emergency
Management and Homeland Security are currently working together to assimilate resources for those affected.
report drought conditions or any livestock deaths to their local Farm
Service Agency Office. FSA also maintains a list of hay for those in need
or looking to secure hay for winter feeding.
Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922