The U.S. Department of Agriculture is handing out $5.3 million in grants to help adapt to extreme climate changes that cause drought.
The grants will pay for research, projects and technology related to livestock grazing, warm season forage systems, irrigation strategies and innovative cropping systems. Examples include field improvements that enhance the soil's ability to hold water, evaluations of water use and installing grazing systems that are more tolerant to drought.
Last year's drought didn't impact Oregon's farms and ranches on a large scale, but the ripple effect was interesting. As we reported last summer, Oregon farmers suddenly found a hot market for their hay crops, and shipped to the Midwest, Texas and elsewhere as the price soared. Other farmers planted field corn to use as grain and silage for livestock, figuring it made more sense to grow feed themselves than truck it in from the ravaged Midwest.
Read more at OregonLive.com.