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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.


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.