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Crop Disasters Declared in 22 States: USDA

Posted by feww on March 6, 2017

Drought Disasters:  Crops Destroyed or Damaged in 835 Counties (Parishes) across 22 States

The USDA crop disaster designated areas are in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.

Notes:
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 include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Some counties may have been designated as 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 referenced above were approved by USDA end of last month and posted on their website recently.

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South Africa Facing its Hottest Year Ever

Posted by feww on November 10, 2015

Second Heatwave of Year Hits South Africa

The heatwave is forecast to persist until Thursday with maximum temperatures hovering around 40°C in the northeast of the country.

The extreme weather conditions are forecast to persist in South Africa throughout the summer. The country is facing what may be its hottest year ever, said a report, as its largest city Johannesburg [metro pop: 4.5 million] announces water restrictions.

The country has already experienced two seasons of below-normal rainfall. Consequently, farmers are forced to plant only 2.5 million hectares of maize, a 3.8 percent reduction from last year, said a report.

Authorities have declared the provinces of Kwazulu Natal and Free State as disaster areas due to drought.  Two additional areas—Limpopo and Mpumalanga— are also expected to declare agricultural disaster, the report added.

“South Africa’s first maize production forecast estimates the 2015 harvest to be the worst in eight years,” according to a UN report released earlier this year. The farmers stand to lose up to R10 billion this year.

Last year, the drought destroyed about a third of the nation’s maize crop.

 

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U.S. Drought Expands

Posted by feww on April 25, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
NIGHTMARE SCENARIO 03
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Extreme and Exceptional Drought Levels Expand in the U.S.

About 50.17 percent of Contiguous U.S. is covered by Drought Levels D0 – D4 (Abnormally Dry – Exceptional Drought) compared with 48.46 percent a week ago.

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Source: US Drought Monitor.

California: Drought conditions expanded in California leaving the entire state in moderate to exceptional drought this week for the first time since U.S. Drought Monitor began collecting data 15 years ago.

  • Nearly 77 percent of the state faces Extreme to Exceptional drought, compared with 0.0 percent last year.
  • More than 96 percent of the Golden State faces severe to exceptional drought, compared with only 30 percent 12 months ago.
  • About 25 percent of California is experiencing exceptional drought, compared with 0.0 percent a year ago.

Oklahoma: Extreme drought level has expanded by 10 percent across the Sooner State, mainly in the northwest, since last week.

  • About 93 percent of the state is currently experiencing D0 – D4 drought levels.
  • Nearly 15 percent of the state is facing exceptional drought, compared with 5.5 percent a year ago.

Crop Disasters

Drought Disaster Declared for Crops in 9 States Posted on April 24, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA has designated 315 counties across nine states as crop disaster areas due to the worsening drought, in five separate designations.

Those States are Texas (252 counties), Oklahoma (21), New Mexico (16), Nevada (6), Louisiana (2), Idaho (9), Arkansas (2), Arizona (1) and Utah (6).

Drought Destroys Texas Crops

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.

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.

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Crop Disasters Declared for 28 Counties across 4 States

Posted by feww on November 28, 2013

Severe storms, excessive wind, rain and hail cause crop disaster in four states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 28 counties across four states as agricultural disaster areas in three separate disaster declarations.

Disaster Declaration No. 1

Montana: Glacier County, which includes the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, together with the counties of Flathead, Pondera, and  Toole have been declared crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by several severe storms and hail that occurred June 18 – September 30, 2013.

Disaster Declaration No. 2

USDA has designated a total of 17 counties in three states–Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin– as crop disaster disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rainfall that occurred April 1 – August 5, 2013.

Those counties are

  • Iowa: Allamakee, Cerro Gordo,  Floyd, Bremer, Clayton, Hancock, Winnebago, Butler, Fayette, Howard, Winneshiek, Chickasaw, Franklin and Mitchell counties.
  • Minnesota: Houston County.
  • Wisconsin: Crawford and Vernon counties.

Disaster Declaration No. 3

USDA has also designated seven counties in Oregon as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive wind, rain, and hail that occurred August 25, 2013.

Those counties are: Jefferson, Crook, Linn, Wasco, Deschutes, Marion and Wheeler counties.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Nov. 27, 2013.

“Secretary Vilsack also reminds producers that Congress has not funded the five disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.These are SURE; the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP); the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP); the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). Production losses due to disasters occurring after Sept. 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster program coverage,” said USDA.

Crop Disaster 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 3,954 county-level agricultural disaster areas across 44 states, so far this year.

The crop disasters for year 2013 include losses and damages caused by

  • DROUGHT
  • FLOOD
  • Flash flooding
  • Excessive rain, moisture, humidity
  • Severe Storms, thunderstorms
  • Ground Saturation
  • Standing Water
  • Hail
  • Wind, High Winds
  • Fire, Wildfire
  • Heat, Excessive heat
  • High Temp. (incl. low humidity)
  • Winter Storms, Ice Storms, Snow, Blizzard
  • Frost, FREEZE
  • Hurricanes, Typhoons, Tropical Storms
  • Tornadoes
  • Volcano
  • Mudslides, Debris Flows, Landslides
  • Heavy Surf
  • Ice Jams
  • Insects
  • Tidal Surges
  • Cold, wet weather
  • Cool/Cold, Below-normal Temperatures
  • Lightning
  • Disease

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

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

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

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

5. The disaster designations were approved by USDA between January 9 and November 20, 2013.

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Crop Disaster Declared for 123 Counties in 10 States

Posted by feww on October 18, 2013

Excessive Rain, Freezing Temps and Extreme Heat Cause Agricultural Disaster in 10 States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated at least 123 additional counties as agricultural disaster areas across 10 states.

The crop disasters areas are in the states of Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Washington.

USDA issued a total of 6 separate disaster declarations on October 1, which were posted on their website on October 17, 2013 due to the government shutdown.

New York – First Disaster Designation due to damages caused by excessive rain and related flooding, high winds and hail that began May 1, 2013 and continues.

Disaster areas are Albany, Essex, Monroe, Otsego, Seneca, Broome, Franklin, Montgomery, Putnam, Sullivan, Cayuga, Fulton, Oneida, Rensselaer, Ulster, Chenango, Genesee, Ontario, Saratoga, Washington, Clinton, Greene, Orange, Schenectady, Wayne, Columbia, Herkimer, Orleans, Schoharie, Westchester, Cortland, Jefferson, Oswego, Schuyler, Wyoming, Dutchess, Madison, Allegany, Delaware, Livingston, St. Lawrence, Tompkins, Bronx, Erie, Niagara, Steuben, Warren, Cattaraugus, Hamilton, Onondaga, Tioga, Yates, Chemung, Lewis and Rockland counties.

Also included in the above designation

  • Connecticut: Fairfield and Litchfield counties.
  • Massachusetts: Berkshire County.
  • New Jersey: Passaic and Sussex counties.
  • Pennsylvania: Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne counties.
  • Vermont: Addison, Bennington, Chittenden, Grand Isle and
    Rutland counties.

New York – Second Disaster Designation due to damages and losses caused by freeze and frost that occurred March 13 – May 28, 2013.

Crop Disaster Areas: Cayuga, Columbia and Oswego, Albany, Greene, Madison, Rensselaer, Ulster, Cortland, Jefferson, Oneida, Seneca, Wayne, Dutchess, Lewis, Onondaga and Tompkins counties.

Also included in the above designation

  • Massachusetts: Berkshire County.

New York – Third Disaster Designation due to damages and losses caused by weather-related disease and fungi infestation that began June 19, 2013, and continues.

Disaster areas are Cayuga, Cortland, Oswego, Tompkins, Onondaga, Seneca and Wayne counties.

Oregon – Disaster Designation 1

USDA has designated three counties in Oregon as crop disaster areas due to damages caused by freezing temperatures that occurred April 8-30, 2013.  The counties are Baker, Umatilla and Union.

Also included in the above designation

  • Minnesota: Grant, Malheur, Morrow and Wallowa counties
  • Idaho: Adams and Washington counties.
  • Washington: Benton, Columbia and Walla Walla counties.

Oregon – Disaster Designation 2

USDA has designated nine counties in Oregon and Washington as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by freezing temperatures and excessive rain that occurred March 22 – June 30, 2013.

  • Oregon: Wasco , Clackamas, Hood River, Marion, Wheeler, Gilliam, Jefferson and Sherman counties
  • Washington: Klickitat County

Oregon – Disaster Designation 3

USDA has designated nine counties in Oregon and Washington as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by freezing temperatures and extreme heat that occurred April 8 – May 13, 2013. Those counties are

  • Oregon: Gilliam, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Wasco and Wheeler counties.
  • Washington: Benton and Klickitat counties.

[All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Oct. 1, 2013.]

The latest designations raise the total [listed] crop disaster areas to at least 3,844 counties across 44 states so far this year.

The crop disasters for year 2013 include losses and damages caused by

  • DROUGHT
  • FLOOD
  • Flash flooding
  • Excessive rain, moisture, humidity
  • Severe Storms, thunderstorms
  • Ground Saturation, Standing Water
  • Hail
  • Wind, High Winds
  • Freezing Temperatures and Excessive Rain
  • Fire, Wildfire
  • Heat, Excessive Heat, High temp. (incl. low humidity)
  • Winter Storms, Ice Storms, Snow, Blizzard
  • Frost, FREEZE
  • Hurricanes, Typhoons, Tropical Storms
  • Tornadoes
  • Volcano
  • Mudslides, Debris Flows, Landslides
  • Heavy Surf
  • Ice Jams
  • Insects
  • Tidal Surges
  • Cold, Wet Weather
  • Cool/Cold, Below-normal Temperatures
  • Lightning
  • Disease
  • Freezing Temperatures
  • Extreme Heat
  • Excessive Rain and Related Flooding
  • High Winds and Hail
  • Weather-related Disease and Fungi Infestation

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

2. The counties listed above as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

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

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

5. The disaster designations were approved by USDA between January 9 and September 25, 2013.

Secretary Vilsack also reminds producers that Congress has not funded the five disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.These are SURE; the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP); the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP); the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). Production losses due to disasters occurring after Sept. 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster program coverage.

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Disaster Declared for 204 Counties in 10 States

Posted by feww on September 27, 2013

204 Counties across 10 states declared agricultural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 204 counties across 10 states—Georgia, Alabama, Florida, The Carolinas,  Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding in two separate declarations.

First Disaster Declaration

USDA has designated 148 counties across six states—Georgia, Alabama, Florida, The Carolinas and Tennessee—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that began April 1, 2013, and continuing.

List of Disaster Areas – Excessive Rain

  • Georgia: Appling, Clinch, Grady, Macon, Treutlen, Turner, Twiggs, Union, Atkinson, Coffee, Greene, Madison, Walton, Ware, Washington, Wayne, Bacon, Colquitt, Gwinnett, Miller, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson, Baker, Cook, Hancock, Mitchell, Bibb, Dooly, Henry, Monroe, Baldwin, Crawford, Hart, Montgomery, Bulloch, Dougherty, Houston, Murray, Banks, Crisp, Irwin, Morgan, Butts, Early, Lee, Pickens, Barrow, Decatur, Jackson, Newton, Calhoun, Evans, Liberty, Pulaski, Ben Hill, De Kalb, Jasper, Oconee, Camden, Forsyth, Lincoln, Rabun, Berrien, Echols, Jeff Davis, Oglethorpe, Candler, Fulton, Long, Richmond, Bleckley, Effingham, Jefferson, Peach, Charlton, Glynn, Lumpkin, Schley, Brantley, Elbert, Jenkins, Pierce, Clayton, Gordon, McDuffie, Stephens, Brooks, Emanuel, Johnson, Putnam, Dawson, Habersham, McIntosh, Sumter, Bryan, Fannin, Jones, Rockdale, Dodge, Hall, Marion, Burke, Franklin, Lanier, Screven, Talbot, Taliaferro, Tattnall, Toombs, Chatham, Gilmer, Laurens, Seminole, Upson, Warren, White, Wilkes, Clarke, Glascock, Lowndes, Taylor, Worth, Telfair, Thomas, Tift and Towns counties.
  • Alabama: Houston County.
  • Florida: Baker, Gadsden, Jackson, Leon, Columbia, Hamilton, Jefferson and Madison counties.
  • North Carolina: Cherokee and Clay counties.
  • South Carolina: Abbeville, Anderson, Jasper, Aiken, Barnwell, McCormick, Allendale, Hampton and Oconee counties.
  • Tennessee: Polk County.

Second disaster Declaration

USDA has designated 56 counties across five states—Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred July 15 – August 19, 2013.

List of Disaster Areas – Excessive Rainfall and Flooding

  • Missouri: Butler, Gasconade, New Madrid, Stoddard, Camden, Laclede, Osage, Texas, Cole, Maries, Pemiscot, Vernon, Dunklin, Miller, Pulaski, Webster, Barton, Cape Girardeau, Dent, Mississippi, St. Clair, Bates, Carter, Douglas, Moniteau, Scott, Benton, Cedar, Franklin, Montgomery, Shannon, Bollinger, Christian, Greene, Morgan, Warren, Boone, Crawford, Hickory, Phelps Callaway, Dallas, Howell, Ripley, Wright and Wayne counties.
  • Arkansas: Clay, Craighead, Greene and Mississippi counties.
  • Kansas: Bourbon, Crawford and Linn counties.
  • Kentucky: Fulton County.
  • Tennessee: Dyer and Lake counties.

All counties listed above were designated as agricultural disaster areas on September 25, 2013.

“Secretary Vilsack also reminds producers that Congress has not funded the five disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. These are SURE; the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP); the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP); the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). Production losses due to disasters occurring after Sept. 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster program coverage,” said USDA.

Notes:
1. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.
2. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.
3. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

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Agricultural Disaster Declared for 204 Counties

Posted by feww on September 26, 2013

204 Counties across 10 states declared agricultural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 204 counties across 10 states—Georgia, Alabama, Florida, The Carolinas,  Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding in two separate declarations.

First Disaster Declaration

USDA has designated 148 counties across six states—Georgia, Alabama, Florida, The Carolinas and Tennessee—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that began April 1, 2013, and continuing.

List of Disaster Areas – Excessive Rain

  • Georgia: Appling, Clinch, Grady, Macon, Treutlen, Turner, Twiggs, Union, Atkinson, Coffee, Greene, Madison, Walton, Ware, Washington, Wayne, Bacon, Colquitt, Gwinnett, Miller, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson, Baker, Cook, Hancock, Mitchell, Bibb, Dooly, Henry, Monroe, Baldwin, Crawford, Hart, Montgomery, Bulloch, Dougherty, Houston, Murray, Banks, Crisp, Irwin, Morgan, Butts, Early, Lee, Pickens, Barrow, Decatur, Jackson, Newton, Calhoun, Evans, Liberty, Pulaski, Ben Hill, De Kalb, Jasper, Oconee, Camden, Forsyth, Lincoln, Rabun, Berrien, Echols, Jeff Davis, Oglethorpe, Candler, Fulton, Long, Richmond, Bleckley, Effingham, Jefferson, Peach, Charlton, Glynn, Lumpkin, Schley, Brantley, Elbert, Jenkins, Pierce, Clayton, Gordon, McDuffie, Stephens, Brooks, Emanuel, Johnson, Putnam, Dawson, Habersham, McIntosh, Sumter, Bryan, Fannin, Jones, Rockdale, Dodge, Hall, Marion, Burke, Franklin, Lanier, Screven, Talbot, Taliaferro, Tattnall, Toombs, Chatham, Gilmer, Laurens, Seminole, Upson, Warren, White, Wilkes, Clarke, Glascock, Lowndes, Taylor, Worth, Telfair, Thomas, Tift and Towns counties.
  • Alabama: Houston County.
  • Florida: Baker, Gadsden, Jackson, Leon, Columbia, Hamilton, Jefferson and Madison counties.
  • North Carolina: Cherokee and Clay counties.
  • South Carolina: Abbeville, Anderson, Jasper, Aiken, Barnwell, McCormick, Allendale, Hampton and Oconee counties.
  • Tennessee: Polk County.

Second disaster Declaration

USDA has designated 56 counties across five states—Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred July 15 – August 19, 2013.

List of Disaster Areas – Excessive Rainfall and Flooding

  • Missouri: Butler, Gasconade, New Madrid, Stoddard, Camden, Laclede, Osage, Texas, Cole, Maries, Pemiscot, Vernon, Dunklin, Miller, Pulaski, Webster, Barton, Cape Girardeau, Dent, Mississippi, St. Clair, Bates, Carter, Douglas, Moniteau, Scott, Benton, Cedar, Franklin, Montgomery, Shannon, Bollinger, Christian, Greene, Morgan, Warren, Boone, Crawford, Hickory, Phelps Callaway, Dallas, Howell, Ripley, Wright and Wayne counties.
  • Arkansas: Clay, Craighead, Greene and Mississippi counties.
  • Kansas: Bourbon, Crawford and Linn counties.
  • Kentucky: Fulton County.
  • Tennessee: Dyer and Lake counties.

All counties listed above were designated as agricultural disaster areas on September 25, 2013.

“Secretary Vilsack also reminds producers that Congress has not funded the five disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. These are SURE; the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP); the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP); the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). Production losses due to disasters occurring after Sept. 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster program coverage,” said USDA.

Notes:
1. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.
2. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.
3. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

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U.S. Drought Map – September 17, 2013

Posted by feww on September 20, 2013

US Drought Conditions

About 64.09 percent of the land in the contiguous Unites States were covered by drought conditions D0 (Abnormally Dry) to D4 (Exceptional Drought) week ending September 17, 2013, up from 63.75 percent the previous week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Drought conditions D1 – D4 improved marginally to 48.19 percent, down from 50.69 percent earlier.

us drought map 17sep13

Weather Summary [mirrored from U.S. Drought Monitor]:

The combination of ample Gulf and Pacific tropical moisture (in part from Tropical Storms Manuel (Pacific) and Ingrid (Gulf) which inundated Mexico), stalled frontal systems, and upsloping conditions produced widespread heavy to copious rainfall (widespread 2 to 6 inches, locally 12 to 18 inches especially near Boulder, CO) and severe flash flooding in parts of New Mexico and Colorado.

Moderate to heavy rains (1.5 to 4 inches) also drenched portions of Arizona, eastern Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, south-central Montana, western sections of Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and northern and southern Texas. September monsoonal rains have generated welcome relief from the drought in the Southwest, central Rockies, and High Plains, but unfortunately have been accompanied by flash flooding.

US Drought Disaster Areas

As of September 18, 2013, at least 1,345 counties and parishes, or 42.8% of all the U.S. counties and county equivalents, across 29 states have been designated as agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought.

us drought disaster map 18-09-2013
US Drought Disaster Map. At least 1,345 counties and parishes, or 42.8% of all the U.S. counties and county equivalents, across 29 states have been designated as agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought since January 1, 2013. Image source: USDA

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Agricultural Disaster Declared for 194 Counties in 13 States

Posted by feww on September 20, 2013

Drought and Deluge Prompt Disaster Declarations in Multiple Regions across U.S.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 194 counties in 13 states across 5 regions as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused either by drought, or by one or more of hail, severe freezing, excessive snow, excessive rain and flooding.

  • As of September 18, 2013, at least 1,345 counties and parishes, or 42.8% of all U.S. counties and county equivalents, were designated as agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought.
  • Since September 11, 2013 a total of 332 counties have been designated as Agricultural Disaster Areas.

[Notes: 1. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas. 2. The USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is a 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop. 3. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.]

Drought Disaster

USDA has designated a total of eight counties in Idaho and Montana as Agricultural Disaster Areas.

  • Idaho: Clearwater, Lewis, Idaho, Latah, Nez Perce and Shoshone counties.
  • Montana: Mineral and Missoula counties.

Excessive Rain and Flooding Disasters Beginning January 1, 2013

USDA has designated 102 counties in five states—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee—as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that began January 1, 2013, and continues.

  • Alabama (64 Counties):  Autauga, Cleburne, Geneva, Macon, Baldwin, Coosa, Greene, Madison, Barbour, Covington, Hale, Marengo, Blount, Crenshaw, Henry, Mobile, Bullock, Cullman, Houston, Monroe, Calhoun, Dale, Jackson, Montgomery, Cherokee, Dallas, Jefferson, Morgan, Chilton, Elmore, Lamar, Perry, Choctaw, Etowah, Lauderdale, Pickens, Clarke, Fayette, Lowndes, Pike, Russell, St. Clair, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, Wilcox, Bibb, Coffee, Escambia, Marion, Butler, Colbert, Lawrence, Marshall, Chambers, Conecuh, Lee, Randolph, Clay, De Kalb, Limestone and Winston counties.
  • Florida (5 Counties):  Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa and Walton.
  • Georgia (13 Counties): Carroll, Clay, Floyd, Polk, Chattahoochee, Dade, Haralson, Quitman, Chattooga, Early , Muscogee, Seminole and Stewart.
  • Mississippi (11 Counties): Clarke, Jackson, Lowndes, Tishomingo, George, Kemper, Monroe, Wayne, Greene, Lauderdale and Noxubee.
  • Tennessee (7 Counties): Franklin, Hardin, Lincoln, Wayne, Giles, Lawrence and Marion counties.

Excessive Rain and Flooding Disasters Beginning May 1, 2013

USDA has designated 54 counties in three states—The Carolinas and Tennessee—as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that began May 1, 2013, and continues.

  • North Carolina (41 Counties): Avery, Cleveland, Henderson, Rutherford, Brunswick, Columbus, Madison, Transylvania, Buncombe, Durham, Orange, Watauga, Wilson, Alamance, Chatham, Jackson, New Hanover, Ashe, Edgecombe, Johnston, Pender, Bladen, Gaston, Lincoln, Burke, Granville, McDowell, Pitt, Caldwell, Greene, Mitchell, Polk, Caswell, Haywood, Nash, Person, Robeson, Wake, Wayne, Wilkes and Yancey counties.
  • South Carolina (8 Counties): Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Spartanburg, Dillon, Horry, Pickens and York counties.
  • Tennessee (5 Counties): Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson and Unicoi.

Disasters caused by combined effects of severe freezing and excessive snow followed by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred January 1 – August 2, 2013

USDA has designated 22 counties in Minnesota and Iowa as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to the combined effects of severe freezing and excessive snow followed by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred January 1 – August 2, 2013.

  • Minnesota (18 Counties): Dodge, Koochiching, Mower, Steele, Freeborn, Lake of the Woods, Olmsted, Beltrami, Goodhue, Roseau, Waseca, Faribault, Itasca, St. Louis, Winona, Fillmore, Rice and Wabasha counties.
  • Iowa (4 Counties): Howard, Mitchell, Winnebago and Worth.

Hail Disaster on August 6, 2013

USDA has designated 8 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to damages and losses caused by hail that occurred August 6, 2013.

  • Minnesota: Dakota, Goodhue, Ramsey, Scott, Hennepi, Rice and Washington counties.
  • Wisconsin: Pierce County.

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Agricultural Disaster Declared for 78 Counties

Posted by feww on September 12, 2013

Drought, Tornado, Frosts and Freezes Cause Agricultural Disasters in 78 Counties across 7 States

Drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 16 counties in Texas and two parishes in Louisiana as agricultural  disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.

  • Texas: The disaster areas are Panola, Polk, Trinity, Walker, Angelina, Harrison, Madison, San Jacinto, Grimes, Houston, Montgomery, Shelby, Hardin, Liberty, Rusk and Tyler counties.
  • Louisiana: Caddo and De Soto parishes.

At least 1,338 counties and parishes, or 42.41% of all U.S. counties and county equivalents, have been designated as agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought so far in 2013.

[Note: The lists include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.]

U-S Drought Disaster Map – September 11, 2013

U-S Drought disaster map 11sep13
As of September 11, 2013, at least 1,338 counties and parishes, or 42.41% of all U.S. counties and county equivalents, were designated as agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought so far in 2013.

Frosts and Freezes, April 1 – June 19, 2013

USDA has designated 44 counties in Michigan and one in Ohio as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by frosts and freezes that occurred April 1 – June 19, 2013.

  • Michigan: The disaster areas are Antrim, Huron, Livingston, Manistee, Chippewa, Ionia, Luce, Monroe, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Mackinac, Van Buren, Alger, Crawford, Kent, St. Joseph, Allegan, Eaton, Lake, Sanilac, Barry, Genessee, Lenawee, Schoolcraft, Benzie, Gratiot, Mason, Shiawassee, Berrien, Ingham, Missaukee, Tuscola, Cass, Jackson, Montcalm, Washtenaw, Charlevoix, Kalamazoo, Oakland, Wayne, Clinton, Kalkaska, Otego and Wexford counties.
  • Ohio: Lucas County.

Tornado

USDA has designated five counties in South Carolina as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a tornado that occurred on June 4, 2013.

  • South Carolina: The disaster areas are Dorchester, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Orangeburg counties.

Frosts and Freezes, April 9 – May 3, 2013

USDA has designated eight counties in Colorado and two in Utah as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by frosts and freezes that occurred April 9 – May 3, 2013

  • Colorado: The disaster areas are Delta, Mesa , Montrose, Garfield, Gunnison, Ouray, Pitkin and San Miguel counties.
  • Utah: Grand and San Juan counties.

[Note: The the trigger point for a disaster declaration is a 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop, USDA said.]

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – Sept. 6, 2013

Posted by feww on September 6, 2013

Drought 2013: Agricultural Disaster Declared in 1,336 Counties Across the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 1,336 counties across 29 states as agricultural disaster areas, so far this year.

The designations include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

US agri disaster map - 04sep2013
Map of the U.S. Drought Disaster areas as of September 4, 2013. At least 1,336 counties, or 42.5% of all U.S. counties¹, were designated as agricultural disaster areas² due to the ongoing drought. [The figure includes both primary and contiguous disaster designations.] Source: USDA. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

1. [U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.]
2. Agriculture officials declare disaster when crop damage has exceeded 30 percent.

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The Disaster President Signs Arkansas Disaster Declaration

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Arkansas due to severe storms and flooding during the period of August 8-14, 2013.

Most of the losses and damage caused by the severe storms and flooding occurred in the counties of Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion and Newton.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, FEMA has said.

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S. Korea bans seafood from eastern Japan

The South Korean government has banned imports of seafood products from 8 prefectures in eastern Japan due to the threat of radioactive contamination from toxic water leaks at Fukushima nuclear plant.

The ban, announced on Friday, will take effect on Monday, September 9, 2013, and will apply to ALL seafood imports from fisheries in 8 prefectures: Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, Chiba, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma.

“The measures are due to the sharply increased concern in the public about the flow of hundreds of metric tons of contaminated water into the ocean at the site of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan,” a spokesman for the South Korean Prime Minister’s office said.

“The officials also say the country will ask for test certificates if even a trace of radioactivity is found in fish, dairy products and other foods from anywhere in Japan,” said a report.

China banned imports of seafood products, dairy and vegetable from at least 5 Japanese prefectures, including Fukushima, immediately after the triple meltdown at Fukushima nuclear plant on March 11, 2011.

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U.S. Drought Expands Mainly in the South, High Plains

Posted by feww on August 29, 2013

62.34 pct of contiguous US experiencing drought or abnormally dry conditions

Drought and abnormally dry conditions covered about 62.34 percent of contiguous United States, up from 59.98 percent a week earlier.

The percentage of land areas in the lower 48 covered by “Extreme” and “Exceptional Drought” levels remained nearly unchanged, while the total areas covered by “Severe” and “Moderate Drought” levels  increased by about 4.43 percent.

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Meantime, USDA designated 39 additional counties in 5 states as agricultural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by the recent drought.

  • Texas: Cherokee, Rusk, Smith, Van Zandt, Wood, Anderson, Gregg, Houston, Panola, Angelina, Harrison, Hunt, Rains, Camp, Henderson, Kaufman, Shelby, Franklin, Hopkins, Nacogdoches and Upshur counties.
  • Colorado: Eagle, Garfield, Lake, Routt, Grand, Pitkin and Summit counties.
  • Oregon: Curry, Coos, Douglas and Josephine counties.
  • California: Del Norte County.
  • Idaho: Jerome, Cassia, Gooding, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls counties.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Aug. 28, 2013. The lists include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

US agri disaster map - 28aug2013
Map of the U.S. Drought Disaster areas as of August 28, 2013. At least 1,336 counties, or 42.5% of all U.S. counties¹, were designated as agricultural disaster areas² due to the ongoing drought. [The figure includes both primary and contiguous disaster designations.] Source: USDA. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

1. [U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.]
2. Agriculture officials declare disaster when crop damage has exceeded 30 percent.

UPDATED: September 6, 2013 – MAP CORRECTED!

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Agricultural Disasters Declared for 180 U.S. Counties

Posted by feww on August 29, 2013

Extreme weather events, severe climatic episodes cause agricultural disasters across 14 states

Drought and Deluge, hail and high winds, severe storms and excessive rains have prompted USDA to designate 180 counties across 14 states as agricultural disaster areas.

Drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 39 counties in 5 states as agricultural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by the recent drought.

  • Texas: Cherokee, Rusk, Smith, Van Zandt, Wood, Anderson, Gregg, Houston, Panola, Angelina, Harrison, Hunt, Rains, Camp, Henderson, Kaufman, Shelby, Franklin, Hopkins, Nacogdoches and Upshur counties.
  • Colorado: Eagle, Garfield, Lake, Routt, Grand, Pitkin and Summit counties.
  • Oregon: Curry, Coos, Douglas and Josephine counties.
  • California: Del Norte County.
  • Idaho: Jerome, Cassia, Gooding, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls counties.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Aug. 28, 2013. The lists include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

US agri disaster map - 28aug2013
Map of the U.S. Drought Disaster areas as of August 28, 2013. At least 1,336 counties, or 42.5% of all U.S. counties¹, were designated as agricultural disaster areas² due to the ongoing drought. [The figure includes both primary and contiguous disaster designations.] Source: USDA. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

1. [U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.]
2. Agriculture officials declare disaster when crop damage has exceeded 30 percent.

UPDATED: September 6, 2013 – MAP CORRECTED!

Hail, high winds and severe storm

USDA has designated seven counties in two states as agricultural disaster area due to damage and losses caused by hail, high winds and severe storms that occurred August 1, 2013, and continues.

  • Montana: Park, Carbon, Gallatin, Meagher, Stillwater and Sweet Grass counties.
  • Wyoming: Park County.

Excessive Rain and Flooding

USDA has designated 68 counties across six states as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred March 1, 2013, and continues.

  • Tennessee: Bradley, Hamilton, Macon, Rhea, Greene, Knox, Smith, Unicoi, Cocke, Hardin, Marion, Sequatchie, Washington, Anderson, Clay, Hawkins, Decatur, Jefferson, Polk, Sevier, Monroe, Benton, Cumberland, Henderson, Putnam, Blount, Franklin, Loudon, Sumner, Chester, Hamblen, Meigs, Roane, Carroll, Grainger, McMinn, Trousdale, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Sullivan, Carter, Grundy, McNairy, Wayne, Wilson, Perry, Bledsoe, De Kalb and Jackson counties.
  • Alabama: Jackson and Lauderdale counties.
  • Georgia: Catoosa, Fannin, Walker, Dade, Murray and Whitfield counties.
  • Kentucky: Allen and Monroe counties.
  • Mississippi: Alcorn and Tishomingo counties.
  • North Carolina: Cherokee,  Madison,  Swain, Haywood, Mitchell and Yancey counties.

Agricultural Disaster Declared in ALL 46 South Carolina Counties due to Excessive Rain and Flooding

USDA has designated the entire state of South Carolina and 20 other counties across Georgia and North Carolina as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred March 1, 2013, and continues.

  • South Carolina: ALL 46 counties. Aiken, Chesterfield, Greenville, Orangeburg, Berkeley, Dorchester, Lee, Sumter, Allendale, Clarendon, Hampton, Pickens, Calhoun, Edgefield, Marion, Union, Bamberg, Colleton, Horry, Richland, Charleston, Florence, Marlboro, Williamsburg, Barnwell, Darlington, Jasper, Saluda, Cherokee, Georgetown, Newberry, York, Beaufort, Dillon, Laurens, Spartanburg, Anderson, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Abbeville, Chester, Greenwood, Lancaster, Oconee and McCormick counties.
  • Georgia: Burke, Columbia, Richmond, Chatham, Effingham and Screven counties.
  • North Carolina: Anson, Columbus, Mecklenburg, Robeson, Cleveland, Henderson, Richmond, Scotland, Brunswick, Gaston, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania and Union counties.

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Agricultural Disaster Declared in 14 States

Posted by feww on August 23, 2013

138 Counties in 14 states have been declared agricultural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 138 counties (includes 1 Parish) across 14 states as agricultural disaster areas in 6 separate declarations.

[The figure includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.]

Drought Disaster

USDA has designated 55 counties in five states as agricultural disaster areas due to  damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. Those areas are

  • California:  Alameda, El Dorado, Placer, Solano, Alpine, Glenn, Plumas, Sonoma, Amador, Lake, Sacramento, Sutter, Butte, Marin, San Mateo, Tehama, Colusa, Napa, Santa Cruz, Yolo, Contra Costa, Nevada, Sierra, Yuba, Calaveras, Monterey, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Lassen, San Benito, Santa Clara, Trinity, Mendocino, San Francisco, Shasta, Tuolumne and  Mono counties.
  • Nevada: Douglas, Carson City and Washoe counties.
  • Texas: Camp, Gregg, Marion, Titus, Cass, Harrison, Morris, Upshur, Bowie, Panola, Rusk, Wood, Franklin, Red River and Smith counties.
  • Arkansas: Miller County.
  • Louisiana: Caddo Parish.

Agricultural Disaster Designations due to the Drought

At least 1,333 counties across 28 states have now been designated agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought so far this year. [The figure includes both the primary and contiguous drought disaster areas. ]

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U.S. Drought Disaster Map as of August 21, 2013. At least 1,333 counties, or 42.41% of all U.S. counties*, were designated as agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought, a net rise of 0.41%  since last week. [The figure includes both primary and contiguous disaster designations.] Source: USDA. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

Flood Disaster

USDA has declared 41 counties in three states–Florida, Alabama, Georgia–as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred June 4 – August 1, 2013. Those counties are

  • Florida: Bay, Citrus, Gadsden, Madison, Calhoun, Clay, Liberty, Marion, Putnam, St. Johns, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Alachua, Columbia, Gilchrist, Jackson, Baker, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Bradford, Duval, Holmes, Levy, Nassau, Okaloosa, Suwannee, Union, Walton and Washington counties.
  • Alabama: Covington, Escambia, Geneva and Houston counties.
  • Georgia: Camden, Clinch, Lowndes, Ware, Charlton, Echols and  Seminole counties.

Freeze Disaster

USDA has declared 23 counties in three states–Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma–as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a freeze that occurred April 1 – May 10, 2013. Those counties are

  • Kansas: Grant, Meade, Stanton, Haskell, Morton, Stevens, Kearny, Seward, Wichita, Clark, Gray, Logan, Finney, Greeley, Scott, Ford, Hamilton and Wallace counties.
  • Colorado: Baca and Prowers counties.
  • Oklahoma: Beaver, Cimarron and Texas counties.

Hailstorm Disaster

USDA has declared 9 counties in three states–Montana, Idaho, Wyoming–as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by a hailstorm August 1, 2013. Those counties are

  • Montana: Gallatin, Broadwater, Jefferson, Madison, Meagher and Park counties.
  • Idaho: Fremont County.
  • Wyoming: Park and Teton counties.

Disaster Caused by Extreme Cold

USDA has designated 8 counties  in Idaho as a agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by freezing temperatures that occurred April 14 – May 24, 2013.

Those counties are Gem, Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Payette, Valley and Washington.

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U.S. Drought Expands

Posted by feww on August 22, 2013

Abnormally Dry to Severe Drought levels expand; Extreme to Exceptional Drought levels retreat

 Abnormally Dry to Severe Drought levels spread in the contiguous United States, while areas covered by  Extreme to Exceptional Drought levels retreat.

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US Drought Map as of August 20, 2013, released by US Drought Monitor on  Thursday August 22, 2013.

Agricultural Disaster Designations due to the Drought

At least 1,333 counties across 28 states have now been designated agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought so far this year. [The figure includes both the primary and contiguous drought disaster areas. ]

us drought disaster map 8-21-2013
U.S. Drought Disaster Map as of August 21, 2013. At least 1,333 counties, or 42.41% of all U.S. counties*, were designated as agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought, a rise of 0.41% (16 counties) since last week. [The figure includes both primary and contiguous disaster designations.] Source: USDA. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

*[U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.]

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Drought Disaster Declared in 37 Counties Across 5 States

Posted by feww on August 15, 2013

37 Counties in five states designated as agricultural disaster areas: USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 37 counties in five states as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.

The designated disaster areas, both primary and contiguous, spared across the following states:

  • California: Del Norte,  Mendocino,  Siskiyou, Humboldt, Shasta, Trinity, Glenn, Lassen, Plumas,  Tehama, Lake, Modoc and Sonoma counties.
  • Idaho: Cassia, Gooding, Twin Falls, Blaine,  Jerome, Oneida, Camas, Lincoln, Owyhee, Elmore,  Minidoka and Power counties.
  • Oregon:  Jackson,  Josephine, Klamath,  Lake, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Harney,  Lane and Curry counties.
  • Nevada: Washoe and Elko counties.
  • Utah: Box Elder County.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas August 14, 2013, said USDA.

As of August 14, 2013 at least 1,317 U.S. counties were designated as primary or contiguous agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought.

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2013 U.S. Drought Disaster Map

Posted by feww on August 1, 2013

Drought Disaster Covers All or Parts of 28 States

As of July 31, 2013 some 1,295 U.S. counties were designated as drought disaster areas. [The figure includes both primary and contiguous disaster designations.]

us drought disaster map 31july 2013
U.S. Drought Disaster Map as of July 31, 2013.  At least 1,295 counties, or 41% of all counties*, were designated as drought disaster areas. [The figure includes both primary and contiguous disaster designations.] Source: USDA. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

*[U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.]

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Disaster Declared for 98 Counties in 9 States

Posted by feww on August 1, 2013

98 Counties in nine states designated as agricultural disaster areas: USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 98 (ninety-eight) counties in nine states as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought and freeze earlier in the year.

The designated disaster areas, both primary and contiguous, spared across nine states:

  • Idaho (23 counties designated as disaster areas)
  • Montana (4)
  • Nevada (2)
  • Oregon (1)
  • Wyoming (1)
  • Mississippi (41)
  • Alabama (4)
  • Louisiana (3)
  • California (19)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 19 counties in California as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.

The counties designated as primary or contiguous disaster areas are

Calaveras, Orange, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Cruz, Alpine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Stanislaus, Amador, Merced, San Benito, San Mateo and Tuolumne.

Drought disaster has also been declared in 5 other states:

  • Idaho: Ada, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Canyon, Fremont, Lemhi, Payette, Adams, Butte, Custer, Jefferson, Twin, Falls, Blaine, Camas, Gooding, Madison, Valley, Boise, Clark, Idaho, Teton and Washington counties.
  • Montana:  Beaverhead, Gallatin, Madison and Ravalli counties.
  • Nevada: Elko and Humboldt counties.
  • Oregon: Malheur County.
  • Wyoming: Teton County.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas July 31, 2013.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 41 counties in Mississippi as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a freeze that occurred March 25-29, 2013.

The counties are Clarke, Harrison, Marion, Copiah, Jackson, Pearl, River, Covington, Jones, Perry, Forrest, Lamar, Pike,m George, Lauderdale, Stone, Greene, Leflore, Walthall, Hancock, Lincoln, Wayne, Amite, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Rankin, Carroll, Holmes, Kemper, Simpson, Claiborne, Humphreys, Lawrence, Smith, Franklin, Jasper, Neshoba, Sunflower, Grenada, Jefferson, Newton and Tallahatchie.

Agricultural disaster due to the freeze has also been declared in 2 other states:

  • Alabama: Choctaw, Mobile, Sumter and Washington counties.
  • Louisiana: St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington counties.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas July 31, 2013, said USDA.

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Drought Disaster Declared for Montana Counties

Posted by feww on July 25, 2013

Five Montana Counties Declared Agricultural Disaster Areas Due to Worsening Drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated five additional Montana counties as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the expanding drought.

The designated counties, both primary and contiguous disaster areas, include Silver Bow, Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Jefferson and Madison counties.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas July 24, 2013, said USDA.

As of July 24, 2013 at least 1,278 U.S. counties were designated as primary or contiguous agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought (see map below).

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U.S. Drought Disaster Map as of July 24, 2013. A total of at least 1,278 counties across 28 states are currently designated as [primary or contiguous] drought disaster areas.

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Agricultural Disaster Declared in 3 States

Posted by feww on July 18, 2013

Disaster declared for 23 counties across three states due to drought and deluge

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 13 counties in Texas as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.

The list for the primary and contiguous disaster areas includes Galveston, Henderson, Anderson, Cherokee, Harris, Smith, Brazoria, Ellis, Kaufman, Van Zandt, Chambers, Freestone and Navarro counties.

Nevada Drought Disaster

USDA has designated also 4 counties in Nevada—Storey, Lyon, Washoe and Carlson City—as agricultural disaster areas due to drought.

Agricultural Disaster Declared in Montana

USDA has designates six  counties in Montana—Phillips, Blaine, Fergus, Garfield, Petroleum and Valley—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive moisture and flooding that occurred from May 1 – June 27, 2013.

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China to Become Top Wheat Importer after Major Crop Disaster

Posted by feww on July 17, 2013

Frost and rain have ruined more wheat in China than previously estimated: Report

Weather damage in China’s northern grain belt may have ruined more than  20 million metric tons of the wheat crop, or 16 percent, which is double the volume previously estimated, said a report.

“Higher imports, which have already been revised upwards on initial damage reports, will further shrink global supplies and support prices, fuelling new worries over global food security.”

“The harvest was terrible”

Farmers in Henan, China’s top wheat producing Province, say frost in the growing period and rainstorms during the harvest have slashed production by 40 percent compared with 2012, the report said .

Global wheat output is forecast to rise this year, but will still fall  below demand resulting in  the  lowest wheat stocks since 2008/09.

In 2012, China accounted for about 20 percent of global wheat production and consumption.

China is expected to become top wheat buyer in 2014, eclipsing Egypt as the world’s top importer, the report said.

The crop damage in China is adding to concerns over global food supplies following the crop quality downgrades experienced by the United States and the Black Sea region due to adverse weather.

Exclusive: China may become top wheat importer after crops ruined

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The Big Picture

FIRE-EARTH population model shows mass die-offs resulting from human impact on the planet and the planetary response to the anthropogenic harm could occur by early 2016.

FIRE-EARTH Climate Models show climate change forcings and feedbacks switching global weather patterns onto “primordial tracks.”

The extreme weather events triggered by anthropogenic climate change have a four-prong impact on humans over the next 50 months [forecast released in 2011.] FIRE-EARTH models forecast:

1. Food production:

  • Average decline of 22% in the global agricultural output
  • Loss of topsoil and worsening of soil quality
  • Rapid Climate Change & Extreme Weather Events
    • Drought and Deluge
    • Extremes of Temperature
    • Heatwaves and Late Frosts
    • Desertification and Dust Storms
  • Crop Pests
  • Increases in the size and occurrence of dead zones
  • Large decline in marine food sources

2. Spread of Disease

  • Substantial increases in the spread of diseases
    • Vector borne
    • Air borne
    • Water borne
    • Food borne
  • Superbugs:  Emergence of resistant bacteria, especially MDR bacteria
  • Resurgence of killer infectious diseases
  • Increases in the spread of human immunodeficiency viruses
  • Significant decline in air quality (and corresponding increase in chronic respiratory diseases)
  • Other viral diseases
  • Massive rises in mental illnesses

3. Physical Safety

Major increases in the number of deaths and injuries, as well as large scale displacements due to the loss of shelter and livelihood caused by extreme weather and geophysical events including:

  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Storms and Extreme Weather
  • Climate Change
  • Extreme Rain Events
  • Flash Flooding
  • Drought and Deluge
  • Landslides
  • Extremes of Temperature
  • Deforestation
  • Wildfires
  • Loss of “Seasons”
  • Earthquakes*
  • Tsunamis*
  • Volcanic activity*
  • Nuclear Incidents
  • Oil Spills
  • Chemical and Biological Threats
  • Poisoned and Polluted Environment (Air, Water and Soil pollution)
  • Ozone Depletion  (Ozone Holes)

4. The Combined Effect

Social upheavals, regional conflicts and wars caused by mass migrations and scarcity of basic resources resulting from the combined effects of the above, as well as other mechanisms.

July 17, 2013 – SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN –

969 Days Left

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

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Disaster Declared due to Drought and Deluge, Extreme Weather

Posted by feww on October 4, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,259 Days Left

[October 4, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,259 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Agricultural Disaster Declared in 216 Additional Counties

USDA has declared 216 additional counties across nine states as disaster areas (total includes both primary and contiguous designations) due to drought and damaging weather.

  • The states are Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.


U.S. Drought Disaster Map, October 3, 2012. Source: USDA. Edited for brevity by FIRE-EARTH.

  • The disasters were caused by
    • Drought in Minnesota and North Dakota.
    • Flash flooding, high winds and hail that began June 22, 2012, and continues in New York.
    • Damages and losses caused by weather-related armyworm outbreak that began May 15 and continues in New York and Pennsylvania.
    • Damages and losses caused by Hurricane Isaac and related conditions such as excessive rain, flooding, hail, high winds and tornadoes that occurred during the period of April 1 – Sept. 14, 2012 in Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee.
    • Severe storms with high winds and excessive rain that occurred May 24-June 27, 2012
    • Damages and losses caused by drought and excessive heat followed by Hurricane Isaac and related conditions such as excessive rain, flooding, hail, high winds and tornadoes that occurred during the period of April 1 – Sept. 14, 2012 in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee.
    • Damages and losses caused by Hurricane Isaac in Alabama and Mississippi.
    • Damages and losses caused by severe storms with high winds and excessive rain that occurred May 24-June 27, 2012 in Wisconsin.
    • Damages and losses caused by unseasonably warm weather followed by frosts and freezes that occurred March 11-May 10, 2012 in Wisconsin.
    • Damages and losses caused by high winds, excessive rain and flooding that occurred June 19-20, 2012 in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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U.S. Drought Intensifies

Posted by feww on September 27, 2012

Severe to Exceptional drought levels increase by more than 1 percent

Moderate to Exceptional drought levels (D1 to D4 on U.S. Drought Monitor scale) increased to 65.45 percent, up from 64.82 percent a week ago, while Severe to Exceptional drought levels (D2 to D4) covered 42.12 percent of Contiguous U.S., an increase of more than 1 percent.


U.S. Drought Map, September 25, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor

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Drought Disaster Declared in 46 Counties

Posted by feww on September 27, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,266 Days Left

[September 27, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,266 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Drought disaster plagues additional counties in the Dakotas, Hawaii, Minnesota, Wisconsin

Forty-six additional counties across the Dakotas, Hawaii, Minnesota and Wisconsin have been declared agricultural disaster areas (includes both primary and contiguous designations) due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported.


U.S. Drought Disaster Map, September 26, 2012. Source: USDA. Edited for brevity by FIRE-EARTH

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U.S. Drought Disaster Grows

Posted by feww on September 21, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,272 Days Left

[September 21, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,272 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

US Drought Disaster list joined by 92 additional counties across 9 states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated 92 counties across eight states as primary and contiguous disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.

  • The states are Alabama, Georgia, Iowa,  Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
  • As of September 19, 2012  a total of 2,348 counties across 43 states have been designated as agricultural  disaster areas due to the drought, this year.
  • List of Designated Drought Disaster Counties


U.S. Drought Disaster Map, September 19, 2012. Source: USDA. Edited for brevity by FIRE-EARTH.

U.S. Drought 2012

Drought has set yet another record high in the 12-year data, U.S. Drought Monitor reported. Nearly two-thirds (64.82 percent) of Contiguous United States (54.25 percent of the country) is now in moderate drought or worse, the largest percentage ever recorded at that level.


U.S. Drought Map, September 18, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor

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