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January 7, 2021

National Drought Mitigation Center enters into 3-year USDA agreement

“The USDA, along with NOAA, was supportive of the NDMC and its mission right from the start,” NDMC director Mark Svoboda said. “Our cooperative agreements with the USDA have improved efforts to better understand and respond to drought across the country and to tailor information and tools to the needs of USDA staff and the ranchers, producers and constituents they work with. The latest agreement will continue that collaborative process.


December 23, 2020

Study shows ranchers with drought plans in place make some pivotal moves sooner than those who don’t

Research by Tonya Haigh, a rural sociologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center, shows drought plans allow ranchers to make decisions based on specific “if-then” circumstances and triggers.


November 17, 2020

NDMC's Haigh discusses drought and rancher decision-making on Center for Grassland Studies Podcast

Recently, National Drought Mitigation Center rural sociologist Tonya Haigh discussed how planning has helped ranchers better prepare for drought on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Grassland Studies Podcast. 


November 9, 2020

Drought Center develops social media resources to help encourage drought monitoring

The National Drought Mitigation Center developed the social media library to help National Weather Service, Extension,state climatologists and others across the country publicize opportunities for the public to submit photos.


November 9, 2020

Southeast Alaska's unique drought impacts cataloged

Unique impacts are reflected in one of the first major updates to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s Drought Impacts by State tables, which now include Southeast Alaska-specific impacts based upon a collaborative research effort to describe what drought looks like in the region’s temperate rainforest ecosystem.  


September 29, 2020

Pilot system monitors tweets for drought early warning

Study shows that tweets, as a measure of fluctuating attention, could contribute to a drought early warning system.


August 19, 2020

Drought Risk Atlas adds trends analysis to growing list of capabilities

Following a significant upgrade, the Drought Risk Atlas now also tracks long-term changes in drought and streamflow levels for specific locations across the U.S.


August 10, 2020

To help farmers better prepare for drought, Rimsaite analyzes water markets for NDMC, Water for Food

At the National Drought Mitigation Center and Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, Renata Rimsaite is working to better understand how the U.S. Drought Monitor, water markets and incentive-based water management techniques can be used together to improve water scarcity management policies for farmers.


August 6, 2020

NDMC’s directors look back at what led to center’s founding 25 years ago

A series of research projects, workshops and collaborations with state and federal leaders led up to the founding of the National Drought Mitigation Center in 1995, reinforced the need to put drought issues front and center for policymakers.


August 3, 2020

NDMC releases new tools to help Midwestern specialty crop growers make decisions in times of drought

The National Drought Mitigation Center created a set of resources to help Midwestern specialty crop producers make decisions during drought years.