Officials with the W.Va. Department of Agriculture warn that 18.7 percent of the Mountain State as of October 3, 2019, is under severe drought status.
The severity is worst in the southern and southwestern counties, notably in Mingo, Mercer, Monroe, Summers, and Kanawha and adjacent areas.
These areas may experience potential crop loss, as well as water shortages, according to Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt.
“The WVDA is concerned for the well-being of West Virginia livestock, as well as potential crop loss. We are working with our partners to assimilate potential resources for farmers,” Leonhardt said.
"We encourage those affected to check with your local FSA office for resources."
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture, WVU Extension Service, the USDA-FSA, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, and the West Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security are currently working together to assimilate resources for those affected.
Farmers should report drought conditions or any livestock deaths to their local Farm Service Agency Office.
FSA also maintains a list of hay for those in need or looking to secure hay for winter feeding.
For more information, download the most recent livestock assistance fact sheet.