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Multiple Crop Disasters Declared in Five States

Posted by feww on November 27, 2014

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Crop Disasters Declared for 41 Counties across Five States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared crop disasters in 41 counties across five states—Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska,Texas—due to the losses and damage caused by extreme weather and climatic events.

Crop disasters caused by drought

  • Texas: Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Hunt, Rains and Wood counties.
  • Alabama: Clay, Cleburne, Chambers, Chilton, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Shelby,Talladega and Tallapoosa counties.
  • Georgia: Carroll, Heard and Troup counties.

Crop disasters caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, high winds and hail that occurred from Aug. 9, 2014, through Oct. 2, 2014

  • Kansas:  Brown, Clay, Cloud, Jackson, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Nemah,Osborne, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley and Washington counties.
  • Nebraska, Gage, Jefferson, Pawnee, Richardson and Thayer counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 2,768 counties across 41 states. Most of those designations are due to  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. Some 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 22, 2014.

Latest/ Recent Crop Disaster Declarations


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The Virginia Company & The Myth of Thanksgiving

Posted by feww on November 27, 2014

Quot of the Day:

“Thanksgiving: an insidious smoke screen”

The US origin story of a covenant with God goes back to the Mayflower Compact, the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony. It is named for the ship that carried the hundred or so passengers, half of them religious dissidents, to what is now Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in November 1620. This compact marked the beginning of settler democracy, which from its inception sought the elimination of the Indigenous. Behind the black clothed and solemn “Pilgrims,” was a corporation of shareholders, the Virginia Company, accompanied by armed and seasoned mercenaries on a colonizing project ordered by the English King James. If any local Natives were present at a colonizers’ celebratory meal, they were surely there as servants, and the foods were confiscated, not offered as a gift. — Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


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