Drought Resources

These resources provide information that can help farmers and families cope with the immediate negative consequences of drought across Tennessee. The majority of the listed publications was developed by UT Institute of Agriculture faculty and staff specifically for the state’s production systems.

Most importantly, you have direct access to the University of Tennessee in every county. Your county Extension agent is available to work with you on situations that are unique to your farm.  


Extending Hay Resources for Beef Cattle During Drought Conditions 

Strategic Herd Reduction to Extend Limited Feed Resources

Related Resources

Drought Resources, Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Drought Monitor, National Drought Mitigation Center 

Drought Programs and Assistance, US Department of Agriculture  

Livestock Forage Program, US Department of Agriculture/Farm Service Agency

Tennessee Hay Directory, Tennessee Department of Agriculture 

Economic Injury Disaster Loans 

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) announced in 2016 that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Tennessee as a result of the drought that began on October 18, 2016. The loans were available for Anderson, Bledsoe, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Morgan, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Van Buren and White Counties. Applicants were able to apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) system through June 26, 2017. News Release 17-111, TN 14953


Livestock Culling During Drought

Panelists: Justin Rhinehart, Jennie Ivey, Dwight Loveday, and Peter Krawczel
November 3, 2016

Emergency Livestock Watering

Discussion lead by Brian Leib
November 2, 2016

Livestock Nutrition in Drought

Panelists:  Jason Smith, Jennie Ivey, Peter Krawczel, and Dwight Loveday
November 1, 2016