Ranchers Develop Methodology to Respond to Drought
March 1, 2013

Like a general mapping out his strategy before going into battle, a rancher must be prepared to respond effectively to drought, one of the biggest threats to Great Plains ranchers. With the input of ranchers and advisers, a drought-planning methodology has been created to encourage more ranchers to develop advance plans. 
 
Drought-planning concepts are examined in the current issue of the journal Rangelands. Noting that "a strategic objective of every ranch should be to strive for drought resilience," the National Drought Mitigation Center interviewed and brought together ranchers and advisers to develop this planning methodology. 
 
The many aspects of a drought plan include how a ranch operation will maintain natural resources, production, financial health, customer relations and lifestyle. However, drought planning is essentially part of a larger vision for a ranch. This vision might include the importance of native grass, livestock, wildlife and people in its overall goals. 
 
The article is available in the February 2013 issue of Rangelands at http://srmjournals.org/toc/rala/35/1.