Arkansas Drought

Although snowpack is more important for western states and drought, Arkansas is one of only a few states that is seeing an increase in snow for winter precipitation.

Drought will affect rice production in Arkansas. The state is the nation’s leading producer of rice providing approximately 46% of the nation’s supply, contributing approximately $6 million to the state’s economy annually. Drought has been a significant issue for Arkansas farmers and ranchers beginning in 2010. While drought had receded by November 2013, its effects will linger for years to come. In the aglturerigu sector, the state's beef cattle operations have been hardest hit, with a 2012 University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture study finding a $128 million impact.  

Learn more about Arkansas' drought threat and what the state is doing to prepare for the future increase in risk.

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