It is no secret Tennessee is experiencing a drought and that August is on track to be the hottest on record.

Despite scattered rain and showers, home lawns have dried up, crops and pastures are very stressed, and the entire state has been declared eligible for federal agricultural disaster assistance.

Areas in other states across the region are experiencing similar conditions.

To help farmers and consumers confront the situation, University of Tennessee Extension has organized information about the effects of the drought on plants and animals on a central Web site. Visit utextension.tennessee.edu/Drougt2007/

The site addresses topics as varied as landscape water conservation and drought impacts on forests, livestock and forage. It links to publications and on-line presentations designed to help cope with the impacts of the drought. A schedule of meetings for livestock producers is also available.

Because of the widespread nature of the drought, information has been pooled from UT experts as well as from Extension experts and agencies from other states. The site is a work in progress, so users can expect updates as the situation warrants.

If you do not have access to the Internet or need additional information about a topic listed, please contact your local county UT Extension office.