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.

11 Comments on "Half Of U.S. Counties Are Now Disaster Areas"

  1. 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. 

  2. Liam_McGonagle | Aug 4, 2012 at 11:40 am |

    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?

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

  4. Anarchy Pony | Aug 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm |

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

  5. 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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