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Drought Destroys Texas Crops

Posted by feww on April 24, 2014


Crop Disaster Declared for 249 Counties in Texas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA has designated 249 counties (98% of all counties) in the Lone Star State as crop disaster areas due to the worsening drought.

The designation also includes counties in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Those counties are:

  • Arkansas: Little River and Miller
  • Louisiana: Caddo and De Soto
  • New Mexico: Curry, Eddy, Otero, Roosevelt, Dona Ana, Lea, Quay and Union.
  • Oklahoma: Beaver, Cimarron, Jackson, Marshall, Beckham, Cotton, Jefferson, Roger Mills, Bryan, Ellis, Love, Texas, Choctaw, Harmon, McCurtain and Tillman.

Drought Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 1,377 counties across 21 states as crop disaster areas. Most of those designations are due to drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.

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 may 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 posted above were approved by USDA on April 23, 2014.

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