Update: Drought Conference in Omaha on Tuesday

By: The Associated Press, WOWT contributed to this report Email
By: The Associated Press, WOWT contributed to this report Email

The Agriculture Department is planning a series of four regional workshops in areas hard hit by the drought to make sure farmers know about resources available to help them.

On Tuesday, the National Association of Counties, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, and Mayor Jim Suttle of Omaha will host a regional meeting to address drought issues.

More than 200 hundred people from five states are expected to participate in a day-long conference on the impact of the drought to agriculture and business in the Midwest.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and representatives from U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Commerce, Small Business Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the University of Nebraska Lincoln -- Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources will take into account ongoing effects of the drought, recovery from drought, and implications if the drought continues.

The other three workshops are being planned in Pueblo, Colorado, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and an undetermined town in Ohio.

Recognizing that recovery from the ongoing drought can be a lengthy process, this event will be an opportunity to discuss the impact of the drought on producers, local communities and businesses and to discuss resources available to assist local recovery efforts.

This summer's drought has been the worst one in decades.

Experts at the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln say about one-fifth of the total land area in the lower 48 states remains in extreme or exceptional drought.

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