Drought 2012



Information on Multi-Year Flex Accounts for irrigation at http://www.ksda.gov/appropriation/?cid=297

For comparison, this link shows June drought maps of the U.S. back to 1896

USDA Drought FAQ's, Disaster Declaration Fact Sheet, General Disaster/Drought Assistance/ERS Assessment

August 1, 2012 - USDA release on haying and grazing/crop insurance - (Ks. Dept. of Ag release)





Other drought-related resources for farmers available online

Online resources from USDA related to the drought include: various disaster programs, here; overview of disaster assistance programs offered, here; fact sheet on the Noninsured Assistance Program, here; and Q&A on crop insurance and drought-damaged crops, here.


SCC offers cost share for water supplies - The Kansas State Conservation Commission (SCC) has approved a plan to work with Kansas livestock producers on a cost share program targeted at improving existing livestock water supplies. The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) Division of Conservation urges livestock producers to focus project applications on restoration of existing ponds, well development, spring development or other water storage projects.


Sen. Pat Roberts has dedicated a page on his website to the drought

Kansas Farm Bureau sends letter to Sec. Vilsack on irrigation options for crop insurance


Update: Kansas Farm Bureau develops drought estimator for Kansas, now includes corn and soybeans

The Kansas Farm Bureau Commodities Division has developed a spreadsheet tool for corn and soybeans that can be used by counties and members who are trying to assess the cost impacts of this year’s drought to their county’s corn or soybean crop. It is not a comprehensive drought analysis but simply a look at a single crop. Obviously many other crops grown in Kansas are also being affected by this year’s drought; not to mention the livestock producers in our state who are dealing with decreased performance, decreased supplies of grains and forages, and escalating costs.

Key things that are estimated include the loss in dollars that corn or soybean farmers in a county are experiencing from decreased yields and increased abandonment, along with the decrease in bushels that the county’s elevators, truckers and livestock producers can expect this year.

To use the assessment tool, your computer will need to support Microsoft Excel. For questions, contact Mark Nelson, KFB Commodities Director.


Need hay or pasture? Go to the KFB Hay and Pasture Exchange.

Drought gives Farm Bureau opportunity for farm bill push

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman released a statement Thursday calling for a strengthened federal crop insurance program to help farmers meet disasters like the current drought. In his statement, he said, “this drought and the uncertainty it is causing farmers and ranchers and other segments of our industry underscores the importance of completing action on the 2012 farm bill.

“Providing farmers with improved risk management tools is a core principle of both the House and Senate versions of the pending farm bill, one we have strongly advocated,” continued Stallman. “Both the Senate-passed and House Agriculture Committee versions contain new tools that will assist farmers, while restoring several expired provisions that would help livestock producers manage the weather-related risks that regularly impact their livelihoods. We remain hopeful congressional leaders will expedite their work on this vital legislation.”

Kansas Farm Bureau is continuing discussions with all stakeholders to increase and improve actions already taken to mediate affects of the drought. We will keep members advised through many avenues including KFB e-news, "Farm Leader Letter," "Kansas Living," the KFB website, social media and more.