EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
MULTIPLE CROP DISASTERS
Crop Disasters Hit 89 Counties Across Three States
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 86 counties in Michigan, two counties in Wisconsin and one in Ohio as agricultural disaster areas in three different designations due to multiple disasters.
USDA has designated 56 counties in Michigan as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain with cooler than normal temperatures that began April 1, 2013, and continues.
Alcona, Chippewa, Gratiot, Mackinac, Arenac, Clare, Houghton, Midland, Baraga, Crawford, Huron, Monroe, Bay, Emmet, Iosco, Muskegon, Charlevoix, Gladwin, Luce, Newaygo, Cheboygan, Gogebic, Ogemaw, Ontonagon, Oscoda, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Alger, Isabella, Marquette, Oceana, Alpena, Kalkaska, Mason, Osceola, Antrim, Kent, Mecosta, Otsego, Clinton, Keweenaw, Missaukee, Ottawa, Ionia, Lake, Montcalm, Saginaw, Iron, Lenawee, Montmorency, Sanilac, Schoolcraft, Shiawassee, Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
The designation includes also the following areas in neighboring states:
- Ohio: Lucas County.
- Wisconsin: Iron and Vilas counties.
USDA has also designated 5 counties in Michigan as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought with cooler than normal temperatures that occurred August 1 – September 28, 2013.
The disaster areas are:
Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Manistee, Wexford and Benzie counties.
USDA has further designated 25 counties in Michigan as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of excessive rain that occurred April 1 – July 29, 2013, and returning October 15, 2013, and continuing. The designation also includes drought that occurred July 30 – October 15, 2013, and cooler than normal temperatures which spanned the entire disaster period. The counties are:
Alpena, Grand Traverse, Mecosta, Montmorency, Antrim, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Osceola, Otsego, Wexford, Alcona, Cheboygan, Isabella, Manistee, Benzie, Clare, Lake, Montcalm, Charlevoix, Crawford, Leelanau, Newaygo, Oscoda, Presque Isle and Roscommon.
1. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.
2. Total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.
3. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.
4. A number of counties have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.
5. The disaster designations were approved by USDA on January 22 and released on January 24, 2013.
2014 Agriculture Disaster Declarations
- Drought Disaster Declared for Multiple Counties in Four States January 25, 2014
- Crop Disaster Declared in 40 Counties due to Drought January 16, 2014
- Crop Disasters Declared in 6 States January 10, 2014