AFBF tells Congress that drought data system is critical
Timely drought data and information is critical for farmers and markets, especially in light of the current drought situation, said the American Farm Bureau Federation at a congressional hearing.
Reauthorization of the National Integrated Drought Information System is a priority for the organization, said AFBF board member and Maryland Farm Bureau President Patricia Langenfelder.
Speaking on behalf of AFBF before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, Langenfelder, a hog and crop farmer, said that "much of the nation is currently in the grip of a significant drought that will ultimately touch the lives of every agricultural producer and consumer in this country. For this reason alone, it is important to have the best, most up-to-date information on the nation's drought conditions."
NIDIS provides an unparalleled set of data and graphics on drought conditions in the U.S. and has become an invaluable tool within the agricultural community.
The system puts relevant weather and climate data at the fingertips of farmers, market analysts, researchers, extension professionals, crop consultants and anyone else with an interest in U.S. agricultural production, allowing them to more adequately plan for and respond to a drought's impacts.