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Drought Disaster Declared in 16 States

Posted by feww on January 16, 2014


520 Counties across 16 States Declared Crop Disaster Areas due to Drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared crop disaster for 520 counties across 16 states due to a recent drought.

The disaster areas, declared in 11 separate designations, cover more than 16.5% of all counties and county-equivalents in the U.S.

The latest crop disaster areas are in the following states

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California (47 County-level crop disaster designations)
  • Colorado   (40 County-level crop disaster designations)
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas  (52  County-level crop disaster designations)
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma   (36 County-level crop disaster designations)
  • Oregon
  • Texas (197 County-level crop disaster designations)
  • Utah

The above list includes the disaster designation for 40 counties in 5 states posted earlier today.

1. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

2. The 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. Several counties have been designated as  crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters occurring.

5. The disaster designations were approved by USDA between January 9 and December 18, 2013.

2014 Federal and Agriculture Disaster Declarations

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