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Drought.IN.gov is your portal to drought information from the State of Indiana. State agencies will be adding more announcements and resource links in the future.
NEW! Aflatoxin documents and information are available on the ISDA Drought Information page.
Farmers will be especially interested in the Forage Finder from Purdue currently available as well as the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) electronic Hay Net Ad Service (eHayNet). This is an Internet-based service allowing farmers and ranchers to share 'Need Hay' ads and 'Have Hay' ads. ISDA will continue to provide the latest information on our Drought Information page to assist farmers, agribusinesses and related industries. Also, look for the latest announcements from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Indiana on Hoosier primary and contiguous disaster area counties and other FSA disaster assistance programs. The ISDA page also includes information and resources from Purdue, the Small Business Adminstration and other organizations.
During a Water Shortage Warning, water conservation is very important. Local public water systems may need to put measures in place, such as watering restrictions or bans, to ensure safe and adequate drinking water for customers. IDEM drinking water staff is available to help public water systems develop or update their existing water shortage contingency plans. IDEM surveys public water systems in affected areas to ascertain the status of water supply availability and demand. Public water systems can contact IDEM drinking water staff about problems they may be experiencing or may anticipate related to the drought. The public should contact their public water system or visit the IDEM Drinking Water Watch website for information about their drinking water.
In dry conditions fires can ignite and spread very quickly. Activities like grilling, fireworks and backyard fires have the potential to cause sizable fires. The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office has compiled a listing of the areas currently under burn bans. You can see them all on the Statewide Burn Ban Status Map. For ways to reduce the fire danger and tips on how to beat the heat, visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.
Find information about burn bans, unsafe boating, blue-green algae, water shortages and wildlife/fauna issues on the DNR drought information page, http://www.in.gov/dnr/7425.htm