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Multiple Crop Disasters Declared in New England

Posted by feww on October 4, 2014

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Extreme Weather and Climate Disasters Destroy Crops in 27 Counties across 4 States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared multiple crop disasters for an additional  27 counties in four states—New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont—due to the losses and damage caused by extreme weather and climatic events that have occurred during the 2014 crop year, so far.

Designation #1

Damages and losses caused by extreme temperature fluctuations, excessive cold, frosts, freezes and hail that occurred from Dec. 1, 2013, through April 30, 2014

  • New Hampshire. Belknap, Grafton, Rockingham, Carroll, Hillsborough, Strafford, Cheshire, Merrimack, Sullivan and Coos counties.
  • Maine. Oxford and York counties.
  • Massachusetts. Essex, Franklin, Middlesex and Worcester counties.
  • Vermont. Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Windham and Windsor counties.

Designation #2

Damages and losses caused by extreme fluctuations, freeze and hail that occurred on May 22 through May 25, 2014

  • New Hampshire. Cheshire, Hillsborough and Merrimack counties.
  • Massachusetts. Essex, Middlesex and Worcester counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 2,620 counties across 41 states. Most of those designations are due to the drought.

Those states are

  • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

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

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include 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 October 1, 2014.

Crop Disaster Links

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