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When Virginia experiences crop losses and yield reductions due to drought and extremely high temperatures, many localities request the Governor’s assistance in obtaining a secretarial disaster designation.

All requests from local governments for disaster designation due to drought are sent to the Governor who coordinates with the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services in processing the requests.  For additional information on the secretarial disaster designation process, click here.

Important Links:

Photo of drought conditions in VA.U.S. Drought Monitor

Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force - Drought Status Summary Report

Drought and Drought Assistance

VDACS Hay Clearing House
Farmers who need hay and farmers who have hay to sell

USDA Virginia crop/weather report
Statewide crop conditions and harvest progress with comparisons to previous week.

USDA Drought Resources

Farm Service Agency

Emergency farm loans - Click here for information on emergency loans due to drought conditions
Local offices - Click here for a location where eligible farmers can apply for low-interest loans

Ongoing Disaster Assistance Programs for Agricultural Producers - FSA offers farmers and ranchers various types of disaster aid to facilitate recovery from losses caused by drought, flood, freeze, tornadoes, hurricane, and other natural events.

USDA Hay Net Ad Service - electronic Hay Net Ad Service (eHayNet) is an Internet-based service allowing farmers and ranchers to share 'Need Hay' ads and 'Have Hay' ads online.

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