The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a drought monitoring program to help farmers and ranchers.
Drought Monitor (USDMP) is a joint effort of the USDA, the Department of Defense, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The DMP is part of the Department’s Integrated Water Resources Management and Agricultural Research Program (WMRAP) that aims to provide the nation’s farmers and ranches with an additional tool to monitor the drought.
The USDA’s role in the program will focus on monitoring water quality and water availability in the western United States.
To monitor water quality, the program uses a combination of satellite, airborne, and ground-based data.
“This program will enable the U.