Friday afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made an appointment to a citizens statewide council. Glenn Patton, of Lubbock, was appointed to the Drought Preparedness Council. Patton's term is indefinite, since he will be serving at the pleasure of the governor.

The Drought Preparedness Council develops and implements a comprehensive state plan for mitigating the effects of droughts.

Right now, most of West Texas is battling drought conditions and over 18 million Texans are currently living in counties with drought conditions.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor was released on March 29, 2022. As you can see on the map below, many South Plains counties are now in 'Extreme Drought'. That includes Lubbock, Crosby, Lynn, Garza, Floyd, Gaines and Dickens counties. Portions of Dawson, Borden and Scurry counties are in the worse drought stage, 'Exceptional Drought'.

KAMC Drought Map 03292022
KAMC Drought Monitor Map - 3/29/22 (Ron Roberts, KAMC)

Complete release from the Governor's Office:

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has designated Glenn Reed Patton to the Drought Preparedness Council for a term at the pleasure of the governor. The Council develops, implements, and periodically updates a comprehensive state drought preparedness plan for mitigating the effects of droughts.

Glenn Reed Patton of Lubbock is a residency counselor for Carillon Senior Living. He is an active member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and owner of Rocking P Beefmasters. He is also a member of AMBUCS American Business Club. He was raised in Hale Center and moved to pursue his education in Lubbock. Patton received a Bachelor of Science in Business Communication from Lubbock Christian University.

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