The signs of drought are visible from space, from satellite images of depleted reservoirs to drought maps using soil moisture and other satellite data. These indicators are important for ranchers trying to care for their cattle and the land.
Credits: NASA/Jesse Kirsch/Drought Map from the U.S. Drought Monitor/Image courtesy of Tracy Schohr
NASA will host a media teleconference at 1:30 p.m. CDT Thursday, Aug. 25, to discuss the agencys tools, resources, and science research available to the agriculture community.
As record drought conditions continue across parts of the U.S., straining American food producers, NASAs Earth Science Division is meeting with producers and representatives in Nebraska and Kansas. Farmers and other agricultural producers in the U.S. Corn Belt and across the country regularly make decisions about water management, planting, and market decisions based on NASA data delivered by partner agencies and organizations.
Audio of the briefing will livestream on NASAs website.
The teleconference participants include:
- Karen St. Germain, Earth Science Division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington
- Brad Doorn, program manager, water resources and agriculture, NASA Earth Science Division
- Seth Myer, chief economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Zach Hunnicutt, owner of Hunnicutt Farms
- Brian Wardlow, director, Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies, University of Nebraska Lincoln
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