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Crop Disasters Declared in 22 States and the Virgin Islands –USDA

Posted by feww on October 18, 2017

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USDA designates hundreds of counties and parishes across the US as crop disaster areas

Major losses and damages caused by multiple disasters including drought and deluge, frost and freeze, excessive snow and extreme rainfall, as well as other extreme climate and weather events, and two Hurricanes Maria and Irma have prompted USDA to declare crop disasters in at least 287 counties, parishes and territories across 22 states and the Virgin Islands.

Those states are Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, and the Virgin Islands.

The Disaster Designations:

Release No. 0132.17  [Oct. 17, 2017]
USDA has designated three territories in the Virgin Islands as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by multiple disasters that occurred during Hurricanes Irma and Maria that occurred during the 2017 crop year.

  • Designation Number 1 – St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands have been designated as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by Hurricane Irma that occurred during Sept. 6, 2017 through Sept. 7, 2017.
  • Designation Number 2 – St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands have been designated as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by Hurricane Maria that occurred during Sept. 19, 2017.

Release No. 0125.17
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated two counties in Delaware and four counties in Maryland as crop disasters areas due to losses caused by excessive rainfall that occurred from July 28, 2017, through Sept. 21, 2017.

Release No. 0131.17
USDA has designated 24 counties in South Carolina, 4 counties in Georgia, and 5 counties in North Carolina as crop disasters areas due to losses and damages caused by frost and freeze that occurred from March 4, 2017 through March 17, 2017.

Release No. 0124.17
USDA has designated 7 counties in California as crop disasters areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rain that occurred from Oct. 1, 2016 through May 1, 2017.

Release No. 0126.17
USDA has designated 44 counties in Florida as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by Hurricane Irma that occurred from Sept. 9, 2017 through Sept. 12, 2017.

Release No. 0127.17
USDA has designated 4 counties in Idaho, 2 in Montana, and 2 in Washington as crop disaster areas area due to losses caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0130.17
USDA has designated 7 counties in Oregon as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive snow, freeze, frost, excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Dec. 8, 2016 through Feb. 25, 2017.

Release No. 0129.17
USDA has designated 4 counties in Montana as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0128.17 [Oct. 17, 2017]
USDA has designated 12 counties in Iowa, and 2 in Missouri as crop disaster areas due to a recent drought.

Release No. 0114.17 [Oct. 3, 2017]
USDA has designated five counties in North Dakota as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0113.17
USDA has designated 7 counties in Montana as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0112.17
USDA has designated 59 counties in Mississippi, 4 counties in Alabama and 10 parishes in Louisiana as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by extreme rainfall, flooding and flash flooding that occurred from April 1, 2017, and continues.

Release No. 0115.17
USDA has designated 7 counties in Wisconsin as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by heavy rains that occurred from June 14, 2017, through July 14, 2017.

Release No. 0111.17  [Oct. 3, 2017]
USDA has designated 11 counties in Iowa and 2 counties in Missouri as crop disaster areas due to a recent drought.

Release No. 0109.17 [Sept. 18, 2017]
USDA has designated 10 counties in South Dakota and 2 counties in Nebraska as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0108.17
USDA has designated multiple counties in Ohio as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rain and flooding during the 2017 crop year.

  • Designation Number 1: USDA has designated 8 counties in Ohio as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from July 7, 2017, through July 14, 2017.
  • Designation Number 2: USDA has designated 6 counties in Ohio, and 2 counties in Indiana as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from May 25, 2017, through July 15, 2017.

Release No. 0107.17  [Sept. 18, 2017]
USDA has designated 18 counties in Montana as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

 

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Crop Disasters Declared in 259 Counties across 23 States –USDA

Posted by feww on September 17, 2017

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USDA designates hundreds of counties across the US as crop disaster areas

Major losses and damages caused by multiple disasters including drought and deluge, frost and freeze, hail and high winds, snow and excessive rainfall, as well as other extreme climate and weather events have prompted USDA to designate at least 259 counties across 23 states as crop disaster areas.

Those states are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.

The Disaster Designations:

Release No. 0106.17
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated six counties in Wyoming, two in Montana and an additional two counties in South Dakota as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0105.17
USDA has designated seven counties in South Dakota as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0104.17
USDA has designated 22 counties in Montana and two counties in Wyoming as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0103.17
USDA has designated six counties in Ohio and two counties in Pennsylvania as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by frost and freeze that occurred from May 7, 2017, through May 15, 2017.

Release No. 0100.17
USDA) has designated eight counties in South Dakota as primary natural disaster areas due to a recent drought.

Release No. 0099.17
USDA has designated 15 counties in Montana two others in South Dakota and three counties in Wyoming as crop disaster areas due to a recent drought.

Release No. 0098.17
USDA has designated 14 counties in Michigan and two in Indiana as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by frost and freeze that occurred from May 7 through May 9, 2017.

Release No. 0096.17
USDA has designated five counties in South Dakota and one each in Montana and Wyoming as crop disaster areas due to a recent drought.

Release No. 0095.17
USDA has designated ten counties in Montana as crop disaster areas due to a recent drought.

Release No. 0094.17
USDA has designated 26 counties in Iowa and three counties in Missouri as primary natural disaster areas due to a recent drought.

Release No. 0093.17
USDA has designated nine counties in Idaho, three in Montana and one in Oregon as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive snow, frost and excessive rainfall that occurred from Oct. 1, 2016, and continues.

Release No. 0092.17
USDA) has designated seven counties in Arkansas as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by hail that occurred on May 11, 2017.

Release No. 0091.17
USDA has designated 20 counties in Kansas and one in Colorado as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by high winds, hail, excessive rain and flash flooding that occurred from May 11, 2017, through June 20, 2017.

Release No. 0090.17
USDA has designated Hawaii County in Hawaii as a primary natural disaster area due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0086.17
USDA has designated 29 counties in Alabama, and a total of 11 counties in Florida, Georgia and Mississippi as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rainfall and flash flooding that occurred from May 1, 2017, through June 30, 2017.

Release No. 0087.17
USDA has designated eight counties in North Dakota as crop disaster area due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0089.17
USDA has designated 15 counties in North Dakota as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0088.17
USDA has designated 12 counties in South Dakota and three in Nebraska as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0085.17
USDA has designated multiple counties in South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by multiple disaster conditions.

– Designation Number 1: USDA has designated 37 counties in South Dakota, two each in Nebraska and North Dakota and one in Wyoming as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. 201

– Designation Number 2: USDA has designated 16 counties in South Dakota as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by ongoing drought that occurred from May 1, 2017, and continues.

Release No. 0084.17
USDA has designated seven counties in North Carolina and two in in South Carolina as crop disaster area due to losses and damages caused by frost and freeze that occurred from March 16, 2017, through March 18, 2017.

Release No. 0081.17
USDA has designated 26 counties in Texas as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by hail, excessive moisture, flooding, high winds and excessive rain that occurred from May 19, 2017, through July 4, 2017.

Release No. 0080.17
USDA has designated three counties in South Dakota, and two each in Montana and North Dakota, as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

 

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USDA Crop Disaster Designations

Posted by feww on July 27, 2017

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USDA Declares Crop Disasters in 318 Counties and Parishes across 14 States

Release No. 0079.17
July 19, 2017 — USDA has designated 13 counties in South Dakota as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0078.17
USDA has designated 18 counties in North Dakota and two counties in South Dakota as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0077.17
USDA has designated 15 counties in Montana as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0073.17
July 12, 2017 — USDA has designated 24 counties in North Dakota, and three counties each in Montana and South Dakota as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0072.17
July 12, 2017 — USDA has designated eight counties in Montana, four counties in North Dakota, and one county in South Dakota as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0071.17
July 12, 2017 — USDA has designated 52 counties in Missouri, five in Arkansas, six in Illinois, and two counties each in Kansas and Tennessee as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred from April 24, 2017, through May 11, 2017.

Release No. 0076.17
July 12, 2017 — USDA has designated nine counties in South Dakota and three counties in North Dakota as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0075.17
USDA has designated 22 counties in Montana and two counties in North Dakota as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0067.17
USDA has designated 23 counties in Wisconsin and two counties in Minnesota as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by winterkill including freeze that occurred from Jan. 1, 2017, through May 26, 2017.

Release No. 0065.17
USDA has designated 14 counties in South Dakota, and three counties in North Dakota as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0064.17
USDA has designated 26 counties in North Dakota, five counties in Montana and three counties in South Dakota as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0063.17
(USDA has designated 13 counties in Montana and three counties in North Dakota as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Release No. 0062.17
USDA has designated 14 counties in Georgia and three counties in South Carolina as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by freeze that occurred from March 15, 2017, through March 17, 2017.

Release No. 0061.17
USDA has designated six counties in Tennessee and two counties in Alabama as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rain, high winds and hail storms that occurred on April 22, 2017.

Release No. 0060.17
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated seven parishes in Louisiana as crop disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by heavy and excessive rain that occurred from April 4, 2017, through May 23, 2017.

Source: USDA

 

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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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Drought-Stricken Farmers Eating Termites in Kenya

Posted by feww on February 19, 2017

‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ in Horn of Africa:

Debilitating drought destroys crop, sending food prices skyrocketing, and forcing millions of people and their dying animal to migrate.  

The Government of Kenya declared a national drought emergency on 10 February. The latest round of debilitating drought has affected 23 of 47 counties across the country. “The number of food insecure people more than doubled – from 1.3 million to 2.7 million. Some 357,285 children and pregnant and lactating mothers are acutely malnourished,” said UN OCHA.

Maize production in the coastal areas has decreased by 99 per cent compared to the long term average.

The rainfall deficit in the Horn of Africa has been particularly acute across Somalia, multiple parts of  Ethiopia,  Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan.

“According to the Nairobi-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe), a growing number of farmers in eastern and western Kenya are now harvesting and eating insects like termites to cope with prolonged drought.”

Situation Overview [UN OCHA]

  • The 2016 Deyr or short rains season (October to December) brought severely low levels of rainfall to the region.
  • The situation is worse than in 2010-11 in many ways.
  • The drought has had a major impact on water resources, including on river flow levels and the availability of water for human and livestock consumption.
  • Widespread crop failures have affected farming and agro-pastoral communities in most of Somalia, southwestern Ethiopia and northeastern Kenya, with food prices skyrocketing.
  • Livestock are becoming increasingly weak, contracting diseases and dying at alarming rates, with catastrophic consequences for pastoral communities.
  • Terms of trade are declining sharply for pastoralists, contributing to rising food insecurity and malnutrition.
  • Household production of milk and meat is low and the price of milk and other dairy products has skyrocketed.
  • 12.8 million people in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Somalia face are severely food insecure and are in need of humanitarian assistance.
  • Approximately 600,000 children aged 6 to 59 months in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia will be in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition in 2017 and this number is expected to rise rapidly. In Somalia, 13 out of 27 rural and displaced groups have Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates above emergency (15 per cent) levels.
  • The drought and the associated reduced access to water and sanitation has the potential to further exacerbate ongoing disease outbreaks and create new ones. About 15 million people will not have access to safe drinking water in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in 2017.
  • Drought, economic shocks and conflict in the region have disrupted the education of approximately 6 million children in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
  • The drought has triggered movements of families in search of grazing land, water and work, increasing the risk of family separation and tensions among communities over scarce resources.
  • Repeated cycles of climatic shocks, coupled with insufficient recovery periods, have limited household and community coping mechanisms.

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Armyworm Poses a Major Threat to Food Security Worldwide

Posted by feww on February 6, 2017

Crop-Destroying Armyworm “Spreading Rapidly” in Africa –Study

Crop-destroying armyworm caterpillar is now spreading rapidly across Mainland Africa and could soon spread to tropical Asia and the Mediterranean, becoming a major threat to agriculture and food security worldwide, said CABI.

“We are now able to confirm that the fall armyworm is spreading very rapidly outside the Americas, and it can be expected to spread to the limits of suitable African habitat within just a few years. It likely travelled to Africa as adults or egg masses on direct commercial flights and has since been spread within Africa by its own strong flight ability and carried as a contaminant on crop produce,” CABI’s Chief Scientist said.

The fall armyworm destroys crop by burrows into them. It’s called the fall armyworm because it migrates into temperate North America in Autumn (fall). This pest has long been a problem throughout tropical America, damaging vital crops. It mostly affects maize (corn) but it has been recorded eating more than 100 different plant species, causing major damage to economically important cultivated grass crops such as maize, rice, sorghum and sugarcane as well as other crops including cabbage, beet, peanut, soybean, alfalfa, onion, cotton, pasture grasses, millet, tomato, potato and cotton. Source: CABI

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Armyworms March across Southern Africa Plaguing Crop Fields

Posted by feww on January 24, 2017

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Outbreaks of Armyworms across Southern Africa threaten crops in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

  • An outbreak of armyworms has plagued Malawi, spreading across the southern African country and threatening maize and other crops.
  • Malawi is the third country in the region to be invaded by armyworms.
  • Details of Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: HFRC

Posted by feww on October 27, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Horn of Africa – Convergence of Climatic, Conflict and Economic Shocks

  • The number of food insecure people in the region facing Crisis and Emergency has more than doubled in the 12 months to September from 11.0 million to 23.4 million people. The worst affected countries are Ethiopia (9.7 million people), South Sudan (4.79 million people), and Sudan (4.42 million people).
  • Full details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: MGSR

Posted by feww on October 27, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Madagascar Drought Disaster

  • Details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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Drought Destroys Crops in Wyoming, Montana

Posted by feww on June 4, 2016

Drought Disaster Declared for Multiple Counties across Two U.S. States

Drought Disaster Emergency Designations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 13 counties across two states—Wyoming and Montana—as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those areas are:

Wyoming. Big Horn, Campbell, Converse, Fremont, Hot Springs, Johnson, Natrona, Park,  Sheridan and Washakie counties.

Montana. Big Horn, Carbon and Powder River counties.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on one or more crops.

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 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.

Crop Disaster Designations – 2016

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Crop Disasters Declared for Counties in 3 U.S. States

Posted by feww on June 1, 2016

Drought destroys crops in 13 counties across three U.S. states

Drought Disaster Emergency Designations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 13 counties across three states—Idaho, Nevada and Oregon—as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those areas are:

  • Idaho.  Ada, Adams, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls and Washington counties.
  • Nevada. Elko and Humboldt counties.
  • Oregon. Baker and Malheur counties.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on one or more crops.

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 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.

Crop Disaster Designations – 2016

 

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Drought Disaster Declared for Counties in Arizona, California

Posted by feww on May 23, 2016

Drought destroys crops in eight counties across two U.S. states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of eight counties in Arizona and California as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those areas are:

Arizona. La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Yavapai and Yuma counties.

California. Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on one or more crops.

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 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.

Crop Disaster Designations – 2016

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Drought Disasters Declared for Counties in Oregon, California, Nevada, Hawaii

Posted by feww on May 13, 2016

Drought destroys crops in seven counties across four U.S. states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of six counties in Oregon, California and Nevada as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those areas are:

Oregon. Lake, Klamath, Harney and Deschutes counties.

California. Modoc County.

Nevada. Washoe County

In a separate declaration USDA has also designated Kauai County in Hawaii as a crop disaster area due to drought.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on one or more crops.

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 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.

Crop Disaster Designations – 2016

 

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Drought Disaster Declared for Counties in Arizona, California

Posted by feww on May 7, 2016

Drought destroys crops in four counties across two U.S. states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared a total of four counties in Arizona and California as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those areas are:

Arizona. Yuma, Pima and Maricopa counties.

California. Imperial County.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on one or more crops.

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 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.

Previous Disaster Designations – 2016

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Crop Disasters Declared in Texas, Utah, Oklahoma, Nevada and Hawaii

Posted by feww on April 22, 2016

Extreme weather and climatic events destroy crops in 39 counties across five U.S. states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated the counties of  Hawaii, Kalawao and Maui in the state of Hawaii as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.

Two separate designations have been issued since April 13.

USDA has also designated eight counties in two other states—Nevada and Utah—as crop disaster areas due to drought.  Those counties are:

  • Nevada. Elko, Eureka, Lincoln, Nye, and White Pine.
  • Utah. Juab, Millard and Tooel.

Excessive rain and moisture destroy or damage crops in Texas, Oklahoma

USDA has designated a total of 28 counties in Texas and Oklahoma as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and moisture that occurred from Oct. 23, 2015, through Jan. 10, 2016. Those counties are:

  • Texas. Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Henderson, Hill, Hopkins, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Lamar, Montague, Navarro, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wise.
  • Oklahoma. Bryan, Choctaw, Love and Marshall.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on one or more crops.

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 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.

Previous Disaster Designations – 2016:

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Crop Disasters Declared in Montana; Wildfire Emergencies in Kansas, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on April 8, 2016

Drought continues to destroy or damage crops in Montana

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated seven counties in Montana as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought that occurred from March 1, 2015, and continues. Those counties are

Montana. Carter, Custer, Fallon, Garfield, Powder River, Prairie and Rosebud counties.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on April 6, 2016.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on one or more crops.

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 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.

Previous Disaster Designations – 2016:

Major Fire Disasters Declared for

Kansas Burr Oak Fire (FM-5121)

Incident period: April 05, 2016
Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on April 05, 2016

Oklahoma 350 Fire Complex (FM-5122)

Incident period: April 05, 2016
Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on April 05, 2016

State of emergency declared at Children’s Hospital

“Severe cases of flu, respiratory distress syndrome and a spike in the number of newborns needing intensive care prompted the Health Sciences Centre to declare a state of emergency this week at Children’s Hospital,” said a report.

 

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Crop Disasters Declared in North Carolina

Posted by feww on March 31, 2016

NC Emergency Designations: Excessive rain and flooding damage or destroy crops across 22 counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 22 counties in the state of North Carolina as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Jan. 2, 2016, and continues. Those counties are:

North Carolina. Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Duplin, Greene, Johnston, Lenoir, Martin, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Sampson and Wilson.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on March 30, 2016.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on one or more crops.

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 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.

Previous Disaster Designations – 2016:

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Crop Disasters Declared in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Puerto Rico

Posted by feww on March 26, 2016

Extreme weather and climatic disasters destroy crops in multiple areas across two states and Puerto Rico

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 13 counties in the states of Oklahoma as Arkansas as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by heavy rains, flash flooding and flooding that occurred from Dec. 26, 2015, through Jan. 5, 2016. 

Those counties are:

  • Oklahoma. Adair, Cherokee, Haskell, LeFlore, Latimer, McCurtain, Muskogee, Pushmataha and Sequoyah counties.
  • Arkansas. Crawford, Polk, Scott and Sebastain counties.

USDA has also designated 27 municipalities in Puerto Rico as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.

Those municipalities are: 

  • Puerto Rico. Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Barranquitas, Bayamon, Caguas, Canovanas, Carolina, Cayey, Cidra, Coamo, Comerio, Corozal, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Humacao, Juncos, Las Piedras, Maunabo, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Trujillo Alto, Vieques and Yabucoa municipalities.

All counties and municipalities listed above were designated crop disaster areas on March 23, 2016.

Previous Disaster Designations – 2016:

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Crop Disasters Declared in Florida, Georgia

Posted by feww on March 18, 2016

Extreme weather and climatic disasters destroy at least 30% of crops in 30 counties across two states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 20 counties in Florida as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Jan. 3, 2016, through Jan. 29, 2016. Those counties are:

  • Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Sarasota, and St. Lucie.

USDA has also designated a total of 10 counties in Georgia as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that occurred from Sept. 15, 2015, through Dec. 22, 2015.  Those counties are:

  • Burke, Emanuel, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Johnson, McDuffie, Richmond, Warren, Washington.

All counties listed above were designated crop disaster areas on March 16, 2016.

Previous Disaster Designations – 2016:

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Drought and Saltwater Intrusion Devastate Crops in Vietnam

Posted by feww on March 16, 2016

Severe drought plagues Vietnam

Severe drought has impacted all provinces in the Mekong Delta, Southern Central and Central highland regions since the end of 2015.

  • 39 of Vietnam’s 63 provinces have requested support from central government to cope with the most severe drought in 90 years.
  • 10 provinces have declared drought emergencies.

Disasters caused by drought and saltwater intrusion include:

  • Paddy Rice damaged: 159,000 ha (393,000 acres)
  • An additional 500,000 ha of paddy rice is likely to be damaged by mid 2016
  • No. of people lacking water for daily consumption: 976,000
  • Provinces in states of emergency: 10
  • Total affected provinces: 39 [total of 63 provinces]

Since the end of 2015, water levels in the lower Mekong River have been at their lowest since records began about 100 years ago. It is estimated that levels of water shortage in the rivers of the Mekong Delta range from 30 – 50%.

Salt water intrusion in the Mekong Delta extends 20 – 25km further inland than seasonal averages.

Saltwater intrusion now stretches 90 – 93km inland in the Vam Co River; 45 – 65km in the Tien River and 55 – 60km in the Hau River. Saltwater intrusion began two months earlier than average, causing severe damage to crops and livelihoods.

[Excerpts from an internal report by the UNDRMT for the period Oct 2015 to March 2016.]

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Multiple Crop Disasters Hit Eight U.S. States

Posted by feww on February 29, 2016

Multiple disasters destroy or damage crops in 130 counties across eight states

USDA has designated 29 counties across four states—Nevada, California, Idaho and Oregon—as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought that occurred from Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2015. Those counties are:

Nevada. Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, Washoe and White Pine counties.

California. Alpine, El Dorado, Inyo, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties.

Idaho. Owyhee County.

Oregon. Harney, Lake and Malheur counties.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Feb. 17, 2016.

Crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by multiple disaster conditions

USDA has designated 101 counties across four states—North DakotaSouth DakotaMontana and Minnesota—as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by multiple disaster conditions.

Disaster Number 1: USDA has designated the following counties as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of excessive heat, excessive rain, frost, excessive snow, drought, hail, flooding, high winds, lightning, weather-related insects and diseases that occurred from Jan. 1, 2015, and continues.

North Dakota. Benson, Burke, Burleigh, Cavalier, Divide, Eddy, Grand Forks, Griggs, Kidder, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Nelson, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Renville, Sheridan, Steele, Towner, Traill, Walsh, Ward, Wells, and Williams counties.

Disaster Number 2: USDA has designated the following counties as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of freeze, frost, and drought that occurred from March 1, 2015, through Oct. 1, 2015.

North Dakota. Benson, Billings, Burke, Cavalier, Divide, Dunn, Eddy, Foster, Golden Valley, Grant, Griggs, Hettinger, McKenzie, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Ramsey, Slope, Stark, Towner, Walsh, Wells, and Williams continues.

Montana. Fallon, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Wibaux counties.

Disaster Number 3: USDA has designated the following counties as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of drought, excessive heat, high winds and hail that occurred from March 15, 2015, through Oct. 30, 2015.

North Dakota. Benson, Billings, Burleigh, Dunn, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pierce, Ramsey, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope, Stutsman, Towner, Ward and Wells counties.

Montana. Fallon and Wibaux counties.

South Dakota. Campbell and Corson counties.

Disaster Number 4: USDA has designated the following counties as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that occurred from April 1, 2015, and continues.

North Dakota. Burleigh, Cavalier, Emmons, Grand Forks, Kidder, McLean, Morton, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Ramsey, Sheridan and Walsh counties.

Minnesota. Marshall County.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Feb. 24, 2016.

Links to previous disaster listings posted at

 

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Crop Disasters Declared in Montana

Posted by feww on February 25, 2016

Frost, hail and high winds destroy crops in Montana counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated four counties in Montana as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by frost, hail and high winds that occurred on July 4, 2015, through July 5, 2015.

Those counties are Blaine, Chouteau, Hill and Liberty.

All counties listed above were designated crop disaster areas on Feb. 17, 2016.

Links to previous disaster listings posted at

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Crop Disasters Declared in the U.S. States of North Carolina and Virginia

Posted by feww on February 11, 2016

USDA Designates Multiple Counties in Two States as Crop Disaster Areas

Crop Disaster Designation #1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated eight counties in North Carolina as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Sept. 24, 2015, and continues.

Those counties are Granville, Halifax, Franklin, Johnston, Nash, Vance, Wake and Warren.

Crop Disaster Designation #2

In a second designation, USDA has declared the following counties as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that occurred from Sept. 7, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2015.

  • Virginia. Brunswick, Chesapeake, Dinwiddie, Emporia, Greensville, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Sussex, Newport News, Portsmouth and Southampton counties, as well as the City of Suffolk
  • North Carolina. Camden, Gates and Northampton counties.

All counties and city listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Feb. 10, 2016, USDA reported.

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Crop Disasters Declared in Two U.S. States

Posted by feww on February 5, 2016

Excessive rain and flooding destroy crops across 18 counties in Georgia, North Carolina

Continued excessive rain and flooding destroy crops across 18 counties in North Carolina and Virginia .

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 18 counties in North Carolina and Virginia as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from July 13, 2015, and continues. Those counties are:

North Carolina. Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Guilford, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person , Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes and Wake counties.

Virginia. Halifax, Henry and Pittsylvania counties.

Crop Disasters 2015

USDA declared crop disasters in at least 4,017 counties and county equivalents across 46 States [as well as Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands] in 2015. Those states are Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

  • About 99 percent of the 2015 crop disaster designations were due to drought last year.

Crop Disasters 2014

In 2014, USDA declared crop disasters in at least 2,904 counties across 44 states. Most of the designations were due to drought.

Those states were:

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

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, as listed above, 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.

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Severe Drought Killing Crops, Cattle in South Africa

Posted by feww on January 14, 2016

South Africa paralyzed by worst ever drought, record temperatures

South Africa experienced its driest year on record in 2015, reported the national weather service on Thursday.

Severe drought continues to threaten the vital maize crop impacting the country’s economy.

The rainfall was about two-thirds of the 608mm annual average making 2015 the driest year on record since 1904.

“Weather officials said Sunday that just in the past week there have been 11 fatalities from heatstroke in the North West province after a week of record high temperatures.” Read more…

Drought has reached crisis point

The drought currently being faced by South Africa has reached crisis point. Provincial dam levels are down in all provinces, standing at 57% of capacity as of last week, compared to 82% for the same time last year. This represents a major economic and humanitarian crisis as food security is placed under threat and the livelihood of those in the agricultural sector is placed in jeopardy. This is not a crisis limited to commercial farming, but extends to each and every South African and the poor in particular.

Food crops will be affected across the board. When I visited Hoopstad and Bothaville in the Free State, less than 3% of the maize had been planted, and the planting season has now passed. This is the least number of hectares planted since 1926.

Grain SA said that South Africa imported about 750,000 tonnes of maize to meet the country’s needs. The 2015/16 season will see this increased to 5 million tons of maize. It is expected that we will also have to import about 10 million tons of grain, rice and soya into the country. This would put a heavy burden on our harbour and transport infrastructure while the decline in the Rand over December will increase the cost of this exercise greatly.

Rising food prices, particularly of maize and wheat, which are the staple diet of many South Africans, pose serious problems for the urban and rural poor. The drought will put pressure on food prices, with hikes likely in everything from maize and grains, to meat, poultry and dairy products. Read more…

Drought, record temperatures killing herds

Drought is killing thousands of cattle as well as crops, leading to a rise in food prices.

Cattle farmers in the Free State province are being forced to slaughter or sell their animals at give-away prices because the severe drought, which began in the summer of 2015, has scorched the grass they feed on.

‘‘Thousands of cattle have died. And farmers are now paying high prices for animal feed, making it difficult for farmers to substitute it for grass,’’ said Dr. Jack Armour, Free State’s Agriculture operational manager.

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