AUGUSTA — Parts of Maine experienced reduced rainfall or drought during 2016. Shifts in the weather of any kind can cause variability in a farm’s net revenue or bottom line – but preparedness can reduce or eliminate threats caused by drought.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension created the following resource to help farmers, gardeners, and landowners plan for and successfully navigate the impacts caused by drought. This webpage document provides a collection of resources that identify where to turn to when a well runs dry, what to do when the farm runs out of water, and where to go for buying and selling hay. It also provides information on crop insurance and other federal farm programs. As the next growing season approaches, consider these simple-to-implement measures as a means to lessen or avoid the impact of drought.
—Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
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