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Web site offers drought information

By Missy Hodgin
Texas AgriLife Extension Agent

Despite the rain-out Saturday night of the Pioneer Reunion Rodeo and parts of the county getting some substantial rainfall, Clay County, as well as most of the state, is still way below normal for annual rainfall to date.

To help Texas manage the “flood” of drought-related information, Texas AgriLife Extension Service has launched a new website called Water Education in Texas solely for the purpose of providing homeowners and producers with easy-to-find water-wise drought tips.  The site is http://agrilife.org/drought.

“We found that the longer this historical drought hangs on, the more information is generated to help Texans cope with it, “said Dr. Pete Gibbs, AgriLife Extension associate director at College Station.  “The trouble is we’re now drowning in a virtual sea of drought-related information.  To stem the flow, AgriLife Communications has siphoned off only the most pertinent information that’s been submitted by Extension experts.  This information has been updated and then further edited down to provide the public with just what they need to know.”

The information is offered in short, bulleted single sentences with a key word or phrase embedded within the text for those seeking more in-depth information on that particular topic.

Extension’s main goal in creating the website is to provide the best information possible that people can actually use.

I know this seems like an odd topic after the much needed rain Saturday night, but we are still in the grips of a very severe drought.  But it definitely was a welcome sight to see some tanks filled and water standing in places.  Thank you Jesus for the rain!

For further information about drought-related topics, contact Missy at the Clay County Extension office at 940.538.5042 or via email at mlhodgin@ag.tamu.edu.


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