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Ag sector working harder on drought preparedness since 2012

Undersecretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says the ag industry is taking steps to be more prepared for drought.

“We’re certainly not making huge gains, but we are nibbling at it and we’re going in the right direction.”

Northey spoke at the 2nd National Drought Forum in Washington DC this week where experts gathered to look at lessons learned since the drought of 2012. 

 “I do believe that some of the seed technologies allow those roots on plants to be able to absorb moisture to a greater degree and we have seen some plants that maybe have a little more drought resistance in them. We’re talking small degrees, but small degrees can matter a lot if it gets you three more days to that next rain”

Northey says since 2012 federal agencies are meeting more regularly and working together on drought preparedness.  

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