This week’s Regional Drought Meeting in Omaha featured working group—or breakout—sessions in three specific areas: Community Impacts, Animal Agriculture and Cropping Industry Issues.
The sessions featured panel discussions with farmers and ranchers, ag and commodity group representatives, government officials and others.
At the end of the day, attendees came back together to hear reports on each of the three sessions.
*The purpose of the Community Impacts session was to discuss the drought’s impact on communities, planning and infrastructure, and local government; and to provide opportunity to engage peer drought recovery experience. Joshua Barnes with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Department of Commerce, summarized the discussion that took place in that session.
*The purpose of the Animal Session was to discuss the drought’s impact on farmer and ranchers. Rick Koelsch with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension summarized that discussion.
*The purpose of the Cropping Industry Issues session was to discuss the drought’s impact on producers, small businesses and agriculture support industries. John Whitaker of the Iowa Farm Service Agency gave the summary.