The United States Department of Agriculture has declared Augusta County a drought disaster area. Farmers who are impacted by the drought can apply for assistance through the Farm Safety Agency.

While the Staunton Plant Company has not been severely impacted by the drought, the Owner, David Whitesell, said the staff have had to water the plants at least once a day.

“That’s even increased, like sometimes we are out two or three times a day, and our water bill has definitely reflected that as I am sure our homeowners have seen their bill go up for having water their plants as well,” said Whitesell.

Whitesell said the drought impacts plants that have been in the ground for about two or three years, and people do not always think to water them often.