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Crop Disasters Declared for Texas, New Mexico

Posted by feww on March 13, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
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15 Counties in Two States Declared Crop Disaster Areas due to Worsening Drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 15 counties in two state—Texas and New Mexico—as crop disaster areas, in two separate designations, due to the worsening drought.

1. Texas. USDA designates 8 counties in Texas as Crop Disaster Areas due to the worsening drought. The counties are Gonzalez, Caldwell, Fayette, Karnes, Wilson, DeWitt, Guadalupe and Lavaca

2. New Mexico.USDA designates 6 counties in New Mexico and one in Texas as Crop Disaster Areas also due to the worsening drought. The disaster areas are

  • New Mexico: Dona Ana, Luna, Grant, Hidalgo, Otero and Sierra counties.
  • Texas: El Paso County.

Since January 10, 2014 USDA has declared 759 counties across 16 states as crop disaster areas due to drought.

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

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. A number of counties have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations were approved by USDA on March 12, 2014.

2014 Federal and Agriculture Disaster Declarations

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