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Drought Spells More Crop Disasters for Five States

Posted by feww on May 22, 2014


Drought Crop Disasters Declared in 39 Counties across 5 States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 39 counties across five states as crop disaster areas due to drought. USDA issued four separate designations for crop disasters on May 21, 2014.

Drought disaster designations are for the following states:

  • Oklahoma: Craig (2 designations), Marshall, Nowata (2 designations), Rogers, Bryan, Delaware, Love, Ottawa, Carter, Johnston,  Mayes,  Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties.
  • Kansas: Labette (2 designations), Cherokee (2 designations),  Crawford,  Montgomery (2 designations),  Neosho, Cheyenne and Rawlins counties.
  • Texas: Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Lamar, Franklin, Hunt, Red River and Grayson counties.
  • Colorado: Yuma County.
  • Nebraska: Dundy, Chase, Hayes and Hitchcock counties.

Drought Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 1,757 separate crop disasters across 24  states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings.]

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. 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 My 21, 2014.

California Drought Disasters

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