Drought’s lasting effects on ranching, farming & food security<br>

Whenever it has rained or snowed in the West this winter, ranchers and farmers have wondered whether the new moisture has been significant enough to break the drought and get their operations back to normal.

The sad truth is, there is no real “normal” condition in much of the arid West. We spend most of our time either in drought or recovering from it. And regardless of when the meteorological drought finally breaks, it will be many more years, if ever, that farms and ranches will be able to recover from what we might call hydrological and economic drought. Reservoirs will take years to refill, and the food economy is fraught with instability.


Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comment submissions may not exceed a 200 word limit, and in order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.