November 23, 2021

Meet NDMC’s newest staff member, Maddie Goebel

Maddie Goebel is the NDMC’s new social science research assistant. She is already working alongside social science coordinator Dr. Tonya Haigh on projects that explore how people who work in agricultural industries are affected by drought, and how planning ahead for droughts can ease some of the stress when they are faced with a drought.

November 8, 2021

Drought Center creates tool that could help detect emerging impacts by tracking news

The Media Drought Index was created to help researchers, climatologists and the public in their efforts to track drought impacts and to see where drought-related news is being published at higher or lower rates than normal. 

August 13, 2021

Southwest Drought Learning Network Sharing Management Practices team shares lessons learned during regional droughts

The NDMC is seeking to highlight ways that drought concerns are being addressed by groups like the Sharing Management Practices Drought Learning Network team, which is providing best practices information to interested parties in the Southwest and beyond in several forms, like a trove of user-friendly case studies available online as well as a brand new podcast.

August 10, 2021

U.S. Drought Monitor now searchable by tribal area

The National Drought Mitigation Center, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recently introduced search features that provide maps and data specific to 323 tribal areas.

May 11, 2021

New Drought Center dashboard steps ranchers through key questions

The Ranch Drought Monitoring Dashboard aims to provide information that will help ranchers reduce risk ahead of time. The dashboard, available on the National Drought Mitigation Center website, features the latest data on drought and precipitation conditions, outlooks, on-the-ground reports, vegetative stress, forage productivity and more, organized around the key questions.

May 4, 2021

NDMC’s Mwape working with Nebraskans on Republican River Basin drought project

Andrew Mwape of Zambia is working with the state of Nebraska and four of its Natural Resources Districts on drought planning for the Republican River Basin.

April 16, 2021

New interactive guide helps drought planners pick best scenario exercises for different group events

To help leaders through that decision-making process, the NDMC recently released the interactive guide, Collaborative Drought Planning Using Scenario Exercises, thanks to funding from the North Central Region Water Network and North Central Regional Center for Rural Development.

April 15, 2021

Decade of growth reflected in reach of North Central Climate and Drought webinar series

This year, the National Drought Mitigation Center is partnering with North Central Climate and Drought webinar organizers to evaluate the reach and impact of the monthly webinar series. The evaluation began by collecting information about the evolution of the series from its initial years to its growth over time. Statistics about the webinar’s viewership numbers and reach are among the highlights showcased in an infographic that can be downloaded from the NDMC website. 

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.