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U.S. Disaster Areas Expand as Drought Deepens

Posted by feww on August 1, 2012

Disasters plague 1,584 counties across 32 states

USDA has designated an additional 218 counties across 12 states as primary natural disaster areas due to the deadly drought.

During the 2012 crop year, USDA has designated 1,584 unduplicated counties across 32 states as disaster areas—1,452 due to drought. Scores of additional bordering counties have also been designated as disaster areas because they are contiguous.

List of the states with the number of additional counties designated as primary disaster areas

  • Arkansas (2 counties)
  • Georgia  (6)
  • Illinois  (66 counties; 98 of the state’s 102 counties have now been declared  disaster areas)
  • Indiana  (2)
  • Iowa  (42 counties; Iowa and Illinois produce about a third of all U.S. corn and soybean crops).
  • Kansas (4)
  • Mississippi  (1)
  • Nebraska  (47 counties)
  • Oklahoma (12)
  • South Dakota (25)
  • Tennessee  (3)
  • Wyoming  (8)

‘Farming in Hell’


U.S. Max Temp Map.  for August 1, 2012. Source: NWS

U.S. Precipitation Map  (Weekly)


U.S. Precipitation Map for July 22 – 28, 2012. Source: USDA

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