Drought Resources

Jefferson County Agricultural Coordinator meets with staff from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, Harvest NY Staff and Pro-Dairy From Cornell University to discuss drought response.
NYS Senator Patty Ritchie visited North Harbor Dairy to learn the extent of damage from the drought from owner Ron Robbins. J.J. Schell from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County; Terry Wilbur County Legislator from Oswego County; Scott Gray, Chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Legislators and Pat Jareo, member of the Jefferson County Board of Legislators look on.

Financial Assistance

Information on Emergency Farm Loans from USDA. Includes links to Loan application Forms.

Information on other Disaster Assistance Programs from USDA

A link to the USDA Farm Service Agency State Office website. The local USDA Office phone number is 315-782-7289.

Crop Information  

Website  for buying and selling hay.

Pricing Drought Stressed Corn Silage

Inventorying Forage

Resources for Forage Management in a Drought Situation

Beef Cattle Management - Drought Resources

Check in with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County Agricultural staff for technical assistance with crop or cattle issues at 315-788-8450.

The Northern New York Regional Ag Program Team is also available through the local Extension Office at 315-788-8450.

Water Resource Development

NYS Senator Patty Ritchie Encourages Farmers to Attend Meeting With Groundwater Expert

The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District has Geographic Information System Maps with Aquifer overlays. Contact them at 315-782-2749 for more information.

USGS Groundwater Information

USGS Active Groundwater Level Network Map

Managing Your Well During Drought


Drought Tracking Data

The State Climate Office of North Carolina website  shows a map with drought severity information. On left side click on zoom to state and then select New York and hit submit.

 The United States Drought Monitor Map for the Northeastern US.

Other Information

Information on Emergency Disaster and Declaration Process from USDA