National Drought Mitigation Center

About Us

This guide to help rangeland managers better prepare for and manage drought is a project of the National Drought Mitigation Center and collaborators South Dakota State UniversityUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Texas A&M Kingville.

This project was initiated in 2006, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency.

Much of the content of this site was developed by and with Dr. Pat Reece, retired UNL faculty and now consultant with Prairie Montane Enterprises.

The website was developed by, and will be maintained by, the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC).  Comments, questions, suggestions, additions, or changes can be directed to

Original Project Collaborators

  • Cody Knutson (PI), Water Resources/Social Scientist, NDMC
  • Pat Reece, Consultant/Rangeland Ecologist, Prairie and Montane Enterprises, LLC
  • Barry Dunn, Dean of Agriculture, South Dakota State University (SDSU)
  • Brian Fuchs, Climatologist, NDMC
  • Roger Gates, Range Management, SDSU
  • Sandy Smart, Range Scientist, SDSU
  • Matt Stockton, Agricultural Economist, West Central Research and Extension, UNL
  • Jerry Volesky, Range/Forage Specialist, West Central Research and Extension, UNL

Additional Collaborators

  • Dwayne Rice, Range Specialist, NRCS-Kansas
  • Tonya Haigh, Rural Sociologist, NDMC
  • Stan Boltz, State Range Mangement Specialist, NRCS-South Dakota
  • Gale Dunn, Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS
  • Scott Cotton, Extension Educator, Panhandle Research and Extension Center, NE

Producer Advisors

  • Ted Alexander, KS
  • Brian Alexander, KS
  • Cal Adams, KS
  • Lynn Myers, NE
  • Jim Faulstitch, SD
  • Homer Buell, NE


  • Dick Clark, Agricultural Economist, Retired UNL
  • Mike Hayes, Director and Climate Impacts Specialist, NDMC
  • Terry Klopfenstein, Ruminant Nutrition, Retired UNL
  • Rick Rasby, Beef Specialist, Animal Science, UNL