Nelson County Drought USDA 2023

Nelson County has been approved as a drought designation area by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Nelson County farmers affected by the drought are eligible to apply for federal assistance through the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
For more information on these assistance programs and the application process please reach out to Dr. Ronald M. Howell, State Executive Director at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) by phone at 804-287-1503 or by email at

Nelson County drought data below:

Drought & Dryness Categories % of Nelson County
D0 – Abnormally Dry  0
D1 – Moderate Drought 36.08
D2 – Severe Drought 49.65
D3 – Extreme Drought 14.27
D4 – Exceptional Drought 0
Total Area in Drought (D1–D4) 100.00

Agriculture Estimates in Nelson County:

12,257 acres of Hay in drought
1,227 acres of Haylage in drought
508 acres of Corn in drought
6,047 head of cattle in drought
993 head of sheep in drought

You can find the drought monitoring link for Nelson County here: Nelson County Conditions |