When Virginia experiences crop losses and yield reductions due to drought and extremely high temperatures, many localities request the Governor’s assistance in obtaining a secretarial disaster designation.
All requests from local governments for disaster designation due to drought are sent to Governor McDonnell who coordinates with the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services in processing the requests. For additional information on the secretarial disaster designation process, click here.
VDACS Hay Clearing House - Farmers who need hay and farmers who have hay to sell
USDA Virginia crop/weather report - Statewide crop conditions and harvest progress with comparisons to previous week. (A new Crop Status Report is not available because the National Agriculture Statistics Services currently is shut down.)
Ongoing Disaster Assistance Programs for Agricultural Producers - FSA offers farmers and ranchers various types of disaster aid to facilitate recovery from losses caused by drought, flood, freeze, tornadoes, hurricane, and other natural events.
USDA Hay Net Ad Service - electronic Hay Net Ad Service (eHayNet) is an Internet-based service allowing farmers and ranchers to share 'Need Hay' ads and 'Have Hay' ads online.