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Updated November 12, 2008

This page is designed to provide farmers with information about the drought and how to cope with it. The left-hand column contains links to a variety of government and private resources. The right-hand column contains links to statistics, plus documents offering advice and guidance about coping with the drought. In the center section, you'll find summaries and links for assistance programs and the latest drought-related news. This page is updated when new information is available.

Drought Recovery Assistance Programs

Agriculture Drought Recovery Program

The N.C. Agriculture Drought Recovery Program has been created to help North Carolina farmers reeling from the state’s drought. It will cover 75 percent of the cost of restoring drought-damaged pastureland and providing additional water supply for livestock and crops. The program is being administered statewide through local Soil and Water Conservation District offices. | Details

No-Till Drill Program in 25 Soil and Water Districts

The N.C. Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation has used an allocation from the Council of State to purchase 25 no-till grass drills for pasture renovation in 25 soil and water districts across the state. The districts rent the drills to farmers to re-seed pastures damaged by the drought. The drills are available in the following districts: Alleghany, Anson/Brown Creek, Ashe/New River, Buncombe, Caldwell, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Granville, Guilford, Halifax/Fishing Creek, Lincoln, Madison, Orange, Person, Rockingham, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union, Watauga, Wilkes/Roaring River and Yadkin. Farmers in these areas should contact their district office for details.

News ...

11-10-08 Gov. Easley announces 59 counties designated disaster areas due to drought-related crop damage Read More (pdf)>>
10-10-08 N.C. corn crop continues to suffer from drought Read More>>
10-3-08 Gov. Easley requests federal disaster aid for 59 counties Read More (pdf file)>>
6-4-08 NCDA&CS wraps up hay relief programs Read More>>
5-29-08 No-till grass drills begin arriving to help renovate pastures; farmers in 25 soil and water districts will be able to rent them Read More>>
4-25-08 NCDA&CS, nursery/landscape industry team up to promote water-wise gardening, landscaping; grant from Golden LEAF helps fund public information campaign Read More>>
4-22-08 Cost-share program to help farmers restore drought-damaged pastureland, provide additional water supply for livestock, crops News Release (pdf file) | Fact Sheet (pdf file) | N.C. Rural Center Web Site
4-21-08 Reminder to livestock owners: Deadline for hay transportation cost-share assistance programs is May 1 Read More>>
4-7-08 Troxler announces changes to program that provides cost-share funds for bringing in hay from outside N.C. Read More>>
4-1-08 Golden Hay Relief launches second phase, will offer cost-share assistance on loads of N.C.-grown hay delivered through April 30 Read More>>
3-19-08 Troxler reminds livestock producers that Emergency Hay Program will end April 1 Read More>>
2-21-08 Emergency Hay Program to begin winding down in March Read More>>
2-6-08 Gov. Easley extends waiver of width restrictions until April 30 Read More (PDF file)>>
1-25-08 USDA News Release: USDA accepts applications for crop, feed and livestock losses suffered Feb. 28 to Dec. 31, 2007 Read More>>
1-22-08 Hay moving into state; response has been overwhelmingRead More>>
1-3-08 N.C. Cattlemen's Association donates $5,000 to NCDA&CS hay-relief efforts Read More>>
12-20-07 State purchasing hay to resell to farmers at lowest cost possible Read More>>
12-20-07 NCDA&CS raises reimbursement limits for programs helping farmers with hay-transportation costs Read More>>
12-20-07 Gov. Easley extends waiver of width restrictions until Jan. 31 Read More (PDF file)>>
12-19-07 N.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America donates $18,000 to NCDA&CS hay-relief efforts Read More>>
12-4-07 Council of State approves money to help drought-stricken farmers Read More (pdf file)>>
11-27-07 NCDA&CS announces program to help horse owners with cost of transporting hay for the winter Read More>>
11-13-07 WNC dairy and cattle farmers to benefit from Ingles Markets
Read More>>
10-31-07 Alternative feeds for beef cows should be tested for nitrates Read More>>
10-25-07 Gov. Easley testifies before U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, asks for more assistance for N.C. farmers suffering from drought Read More (PDF file)>>
10-12-07 Drought continues to affect N.C. crop production Read More (PDF file)>>
10-10-07 Troxler urges farmers to act now to buy hay, feed for livestock before winter arrives Read More>>
10-10-07 N.C. Farm Bureau Insurance donates $10,000 to help drought-stricken N.C. farmers Read More>>
10-10-07 N.C. State Grange donates $5,000 to help drought-stricken N.C. farmers Read More>>
10-1-07 Planting cover crops is especially important this year Read More>>
9-27-07 Duke Energy, West Brothers delivering feed to drought-stricken N.C. cattle farmers Read More>>
9-21-07 Gov. Easley extends waiver of width restrictions until Dec. 31 Read More (PDF file)>>
9-19-07 NCDA&CS advises farmers to take steps to reduce potential spread of plant pests when moving hay or forage Read More>>
9-18-07 Deadline to sign up for federal EQIP is Nov. 1 Read More (PDF file)>>
9-14-07 USDA designates 85 N.C. counties primary natural disaster areas; 11 contiguous counties also eligible for aid Read More>>
9-12-07 N.C. crops continue to suffer because of drought Read More>>
9-11-07 NCDA&CS, Golden LEAF team up to help farmers with cost of moving hay across North Carolina Read More>>
9-6-07 Troxler advises farmers to protect baled cornstalks from possible rain Read More>>
8-29-07 Gov. Easley waives road weight restrictions to aid in drought relief Read the Executive Order (PDF file) >>
8-28-07 Ag Commissioner Troxler: State facing hay emergency;
creativity needed to help farmers cope
Read More>>
8-15-07 Troxler announces drop-off sites for aflatoxin testing Read More>>
8-10-07 Production of many N.C. crops lower than a year ago Read More>>
8-2-07 Don’t fertilize grass during drought Read More>>
7-19-07 Farmers urged to test all forage for high nitrate levels; abnormally high levels seen statewide Read More>>

Hay Alert

DISCLAIMER: Information presented on this Web site is collected, maintained, and provided for the convenience of the reader. While every effort is made to keep such information accurate and up-to-date, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services does not certify the authenticity of information that originates from third parties. Under no circumstances, shall the NCDA&CS be liable for any actions taken or omissions made from reliance on any information contained herein from whatever source, nor shall the NCDA&CS be liable for any other consequences from any such reliance.


Statistical Resources

NC Drought Monitor

Crop Weather Reports


Tax-related issues

Income Tax Issues of Weather-Related Sales of Livestock

For Horse Owners

Drought Feeding of Horses: Test for Nitrates; Use Caution When Feeding Soybean & Peanut Hay (PDF)

Cornstalk and Soybean Hay Information

Baling and Feeding Corn Stalks to Beef Cattle (PDF)

Harvesting Soybeans for Hay? Read This First. (PDF)

NRCS Fact Sheet: Maintain Highly Erodible Land Compliance When Harvesting Corn Stover or Soybeans for Livestock Feed

Corn Stover as an Emergency Feed Source and the Potential for a Supplemental PAN Allowance for Small Grain After Stover Removal (PDF)

Corn Stover Crop Yield Record (PDF)

Determining storability of round baled corn stover and other forages using internal temperature as an indicator (PDF)

Instructions for Sampling Field Corn for Testing (PDF)

Interpreting Forage Analysis Reports for
Corn Stover

Interpreting Forage Analysis Reports for Beef Cows (PDF)

Estimating the Value of Nutrients in Baled Corn Stalks and Soybean Hay (PDF)

Other Feed Options

Establishing Winter Annuals (PDF)

Transportation Info

Moving Hay or Fodder for Livestock Feeding Purposes? Check with the NCDA&CS Plant Industry to Reduce Potential Spread of Plant Pests (PDF)

Looking for information about managing other commodities during drought?

Find additional drought-management information at N.C. Cooperative Extension's drought page.

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