Thursday, August 30, 2012


  • Predicting the Future of Drought Prediction

    As extreme weather events go, droughts—like the one that singed Russia's wheat crop two summers ago and the one that engulfed the United States in July—are about as tricky as it gets.

  • Severe Droughts Drive Food Prices Higher

    WASHINGTON, August 30, 2012 - Global food prices soared by 10 percent in July from a month ago, with maize and soybean reaching all-time peaks due to an unprecedented summer of droughts and high temperatures in both the United States and Eastern ...

  • Drought-stricken farmers forced to sell off cattle

    ... has grown in intensity, with virtually the entire state considered to have "extreme" drought conditions. Only the leaves look alive, which Lee said has led some ranchers old enough to remember previous droughts to cut down undesirable trees to feed ...

  • Record Farm Profit Amid Drought Raises Questions of Aid

    Federal crop insurance dates to the Dust Bowl droughts of the 1930s. The program and subsidies were boosted in 2000 as lawmakers sought to use them as a way to avoid near-annual disaster-aid appropriations that the Congressional Research Service ...

  • Drought can create conservation plan compliance issues

    As one of the worst droughts in over 30 years continues to grip Nebraska, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds producers to work with the local NRCS office to remain in compliance with their current conservation plan on highly ...

  • Storms, drought overshadow UN climate talks

    Storms, drought overshadow UN climate talks. By Apilaporn Vechakij (AFP) - 5 hours ago. BANGKOK - World climate change negotiators faced warnings Thursday that a string of extreme weather events around the globe show urgent action on emission ...

  • Drought may pummel US energy markets

    The U.S. drought has decimated corn crops throughout the country. Many of these crops are used in the production of ethanol, which accounts for approximately 10% of the country's gasoline pool.

  • Drought Pushing Beef Prices Higher

    Despite the torrential rainfall in the South with Hurricane Isaac, severe drought is affecting the Midwest, which is expected to make the already rising price of beef only go higher.

  • Drought means higher hay prices

    That was nearly 80 years ago, and since then, Off said, he has experienced his share of droughts. However, he said this year is different.

  • Biodiversity protects tropical rainforests from drought

    The 40-year West African drought began in 1970 and has seen a reduction in the rainfall in the rainforest zone monitored in the study, by 11%, with a 23% reduction in the driest part of the year, compared to pre-1970 rainfall levels.

  • Sustainability & the Economics of Drought

    We've all read the headlines and know that the American Midwest is suffering from a major drought. Crops are starting to wither, farmers are already suffering, and fairly soon consumers will start to feel the pinch too.

  • Drought-resistant maize variety launched

    Vice-President Joice Mujuru yesterday launched a new drought-resistant maize variety developed by a local research company that is expected counter the effects of persistent droughts and erratic rainfall patterns. The locally-developed seed ...

  • Weighing drought effects on Arizona agriculture

    In a feature story titled "Planting Sustainability Ideas" in the State Press Magazine, State Climatologist Nancy Selover tells reporter Shawn Raymundo that "(t)hough 60 percent of the U.S.

  • Old Ways Help Iowa Farmer Beat Drought

    As drought scorches U.S. corn and soybean harvests, most American farmers protect themselves from major financial losses with federally subsidized crop insurance.

  • The Music of Drought Outlasts the Experience of Hardship

    The last great drought before this year came in 1988. The disaster caused $78 billion of damage in today's dollars, and it ended a wave of '80s farm foreclosures that marked the worst farm economy since the Great Depression.

  • No Return to Dirty '30s as Farmer Sees Drought Relieved by U.S.

    The Department of Agriculture has declared almost 1,700 counties -- about 56 percent of all U.S. counties -- as natural-disaster areas caused by a drought that has seared millions of acres of pasture and cropland from Nebraska to Texas. Prices of wheat ...

  • Grains of wrath as drought hits hard

    Corn stalks, severely damaged by a widespread drought, at a farm near Oakland City, Indiana, on Aug 15. Record temperatures in US farming states have hampered crop production and will likely send corn and soybean prices to record highs, according to ...

  • Gas Gouging Feared in Wake of Hurricane Isaac, Drought

    Gas gouging has become a major concern for government officials in the wake of Hurricane Isaac and the drought that has been gripping much of the nation.

  • This Drought Is So Bad Salt Water Is Flowing Up the Mississippi, Threatening ...

    Due to the historic drought still searing the Midwest and taxing the heart of our agricultural economy, the Mississippi River is at its lowest flow rate in years.

  • Worst Drought in Decades Could Affect US Energy Markets

    Despite the imminent landfall of Hurricane Isaac in the Gulf Coast, the United States is currently experiencing its worst drought in decades, as measured by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Droughts have relatively ...

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