CHARLESTON – 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.
Farmers should 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.