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UPDATE: Drought Code Sprint Deadline Extended to October 24

After hearing from many of you, we are extending the deadline to submit your apps for the Drought Code Sprint to Wednesday, October 24 at 5 p.m. ET apps using this form.

Do you have any questions about our data or would you like to learn more about our drought assistance in general? Let us know, we’d love to help as you start coding!


Some tools we’d love to see include apps that provide “one-click” access to the nearest USDA service centers and available drought programs; county-level drought disaster designations and program eligibility; information on Federal assistance available based on location and sector; types of loans or refinance options available with a handy repayment calculator and eligibility requirements; drought maps; and localized weather outlooks.  These are just a few of our ideas but we’re confident that you have even better ones—so get coding!

To get started, check out these publicly available data sets in the Natural Hazards Data Community on and on the USDA drought website:

We encourage developers to use other freely available resources on or the USDA website as well—including Agriculture Weather and Drought Outlook blog posts and Drought Assistance Programs and Information sites—and any other data resources that would be helpful to those affected by the drought.

Read the original blog post launching the code sprint and visit for more information on how USDA and other federal agencies are taking steps to help farmers, ranchers, and small businesses wrestling with this crisis.

2 Responses to “UPDATE: Drought Code Sprint Deadline Extended to October 24”

  1. Sachin Palewar says:


    I am planning to create mobile as well as PC apps as par your vision. I am from India though, I think that should not be a problem though?

    I plan to do extensive research for the apps so that app is really useful.

    However I am facing a few issues right now:

    1. National Integrated Drought Information System data seems to be not available, I tried the link but the data download pages gives a ‘Page Not Found’ error.

    2. Can you provide link for data related with Federal assistance for drought?

    Thanks for your help.

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