AFBF: Drought Highlights The Importance Of Improving Water Infrastructure

The ongoing drought here in the west highlights the need for water infrastructure improvements to endure future dry spells, that according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF Congressional Relations Director Shelby Hagenauer said drought is a problem for both agriculture and consumers. “For ranchers, annual grass growth is important for livestock forage, and that’s […]

Western U.S. Continues To Dry Out

It’s not only dry in the Northwest, it’s becoming increasly dry across the entire west coast. “One of the problems is that we have seen premature melting of already meager snow packs in many areas,” said USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. “And that has left very little snow still to melt as we move into May.” […]

May Drought Numbers Historic

The latest U.S. drought monitor is reaching historic levels. “There have only been four times in in the history of the drought monitor that we have seen more than 40% US drought coverage as we’ve come in to early May,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brady Rippey. “The current U.S. drought coverage is 46.6% of the lower […]