Kentucky Investigating if a Disaster Declaration is Needed Due to Drought

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s drought means that yields from farmers may be lower than expected.  Because of that, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles wants to know if the drought has been so severe that an emergency declaration is needed.

Quarles sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency asking that the state be surveyed to see if the drought warrants a declaration. An emergency declaration would mean farmers might be able to receive financial assistance.  

Spectrum News 1 meteorologists report from October 8 to October 15, there have been some small improvements across central Kentucky, going from Moderate Drought to Abnormally Dry. Meanwhile, Extreme Drought has grown in far southeast counties.