Half Of U.S. Counties Are Now Disaster Areas

America: it was good while it lasted. After a summer of extreme weather patterns, half of the country is classified as disaster zones, Yahoo! News reports:

Nearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added Wednesday to the U.S. government’s list of natural disaster areas as the nation’s agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s addition of the 218 counties means that more than half of all U.S. counties — 1,584 in 32 states — have been designated primary disaster areas, the vast majority of them mired in a drought that’s considered the worst in decades.

As of this week, nearly half of the nation’s corn crop was rated poor to very poor, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. About 37 percent of the U.S. soybeans were lumped into that category, while nearly three-quarters of U.S. cattle acreage is in drought-affected areas, the survey showed.

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  • Haystack

    I take some solace in the fact that the parts of the country suffering worst from climate change are the ones that don’t believe in it. 

    • Calypso_1

      But they do believe in plague, pestilence, draught, famine, poisoning of the waters –   Thank you Jesus – we’re goin home!  To hell with everyone else.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        I have some doubts of the sincerity of their faith.

        If they really had such conviction in the Wickedness of This World, they’d be ripping out their rig by the root like the Cathars or queing up for suicide booths a la Futurama.http://www.demotivationalposters.org/image/demotivational-poster/0809/suicide-booth-suicide-booth-futurama-fry-demotivational-poster-1221251934.jpg

        Certainly they wouldn’t be crowding sterile steel-and-glass megachurches to listen to some drone blather on about a “Prosperity Gospel”.

        • Anarchy Pony

          Stop and Drop; America’s favorite suicide booth since 2008.

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            you mean McDonalds? they’ve been around a lot longer

          • Anarchy Pony

            Hehehehe =D

  • Liam_McGonagle

    What if they were disaster zones all along and it just took us until now to recognize it? 

    Like the old mythological theme of a nation’s tarnished soul being reflected in the sterility of its landscape?

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      What if they were disaster zones all along and it just took us until now to recognize it?  

      Bingo!

  • Honu

    It’s god’s way of saying to get off the gmo soy and corn.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Increasingly severe weather + aging infrastructure + permanent economic stalling/contraction = Collapse.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    the present industrial farming system is the real culprit 
    it uses unnatural methods to grow food in a dirt Petri dish
    it is a profligate waste of natural resources
    and a major contributor to environmental pollution

    with proper water conservation & natural farming methods
    this drought’s impact could have been mitigated
    to the point that the land could endure decades of drought
    without deleterious effects

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