July 18th, 2012
12:29 PM ET

USDA says 39 more counties are drought disaster areas

The USDA has designated 39 additional counties in eight states as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat, CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.

During the 2012 crop year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 1,297 counties across 29 states as disaster areas, making all qualified farm operators in the areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

Worst drought since '50s may cost us all

The U.S. is facing the largest drought since the 1950s, the National Climatic Data Center reported Monday, saying that about 55% of the country was in at least moderate short-term drought in June for the first time since December 1956, when 58% of the country was in a moderate to extreme drought.

The hot, dry weather in June, which ranked as the third-driest month nationally in at least 118 years, according to the center, made the problem worse.

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  1. Thank Goodness

    I'm just glad all that global warming stuff has been disproved, because really, could you imagine if that was what is going on?

    July 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corny Korn

      Good one.

      July 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Actually, you are wrong. Global Climate change is verifiable, proven and is happening now just like it did for the previous 1,000,000 years.

      July 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thank Goodness

      I'm sorry to those of you who can't understand sarcasm, because I was being sarcastic.

      July 19, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Charlie

    It's called the Weather. The drought has nothing to do with Global Climate Change

    July 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wakeup

      @Charilie – Climate change is normal for the earth. What has honest scientists concerned is the rate at which temperatures are rising. The rate is much greater then what has occured in the past. Is it all because of man? Of course not. Is man partialy responsible. Of course. To say we aren't is foolish. Is it something to be concerned about? Yes. Not to be would be foolish. However, we should make informed decisions that balance our needs and that of the planet we live on. There are consequences for the impact we absolutely have on the earth. Some are unfortunate but not the end. Others are will have direct long term negative effects. We should look at this as an opportunity to discover new economic markets, new job markets and new innovations. Not to will result in the U.S. no longer being a leader in this world.

      July 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    drought corn is popcorn...

    July 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ricciap

    On July 10, 2012, hundreds of scientists from 48 countries released their annual State of the Climate report, which, for the first time in its history, shows that 2011 weather extremes are connected to MAN-MADE global warming. The scientists state that all greenhouse gases are on the rise, at the largest and highest levels they’ve seen since they’ve been keeping records. They state that they are not able to detect natural rises in greenhouse gases, that evidence shows that the rises are due to MAN-MADE increases in carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. And they state that global warming is accelerating.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      what can we do about that will gain world acceptance and not impact us economically?

      July 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kendo23

      I fear for our future. Just as the crack addict keeps smoking crack despite the fact that he's slowly killing himself, so it is with mankind as a whole and it's addiction to fossil fuels.

      July 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wetter weather is ahead

    There is no such thing as "Global Warming"....what there really is The Lord God of heaven and earth is putting various Plagues on our Nation and other nations for Human Rebellion and stupidity and Arrogance toward Him and One Another. You can laugh and Mock what I am saying...but it is the truth any how....You better humble yourself before Him.....

    July 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • ErKo

      Bahahhahahaha. You are PRICELESS. Tell me more! 🙂

      July 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan N

      No you actually had me at laughing and mocking what you say. I can really get into that. And I suppose the Climate shift that killed off the dinosaurs was God's way of saying BAD DINO! BAD! NO TREAT FOR YOU! Oh right you don't believe in such things. Because the world is only a few thousand years old.
      Seriously. You people are insane. If there is a god, and there is no proof for or against, its a god who kicked us out of the house and doesn't give a crap about us beyond mild curiosity. Like an owner of an ant farm.

      July 18, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan N

      PS. Heaven should have been capitalized. You're going to Hell now for your lack of honoring God's home. Just thought you would want to know.

      July 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      You idiots do exist after all. I thought "No child left behind" would have gotten you past grade 1 science.

      July 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. more2bits

    Variability is natural–get used to it.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dale

    The United States food supplies is in big trouble because of this drought.
    Wall Street continues to export American food produce, to Asia because their currency is stronger.

    “”Food crops are being manipulated”” less acreage being planted to increase price.

    Washington D.C. “”Feed corn being made into ethanol””, also Wall Street commodities exporting feed corn and alfalfa to Asia and other countries because there currency is stronger.
    Meanwhile FOOD inflation continues to go up and up here in United States,

    Wall Street and Washington they do not even know what inside of a grocery store looks like.
    These FAT CATS just sit down at a table eat and pay for it with their bank credit card.

    Wall Street and Washington DC they are “”clueless and completely disconnected”” from the real world; “”they just listen to clueless economy analysts”” and look at fixed numbers they want to see.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Dale, where to start? Wall street exports to Asia because their currency is stronger? we export approx 1.6 bln bu of corn one of the largest exporters is Cargill a privately owned company, domestically we consume 11.5 bln. Corn acrege this year was the largest on record. Agree w/ethanol, this govt policy is a tax on all Americans and obvisouly hurts the poor much more then the rich.

      July 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PJ

    Drought?! QUICK!!!!! Sing at a two thousand year old Jewish Zombie and all those plants will grow and EVERYone will have food and magic rainbow pee-pee!!!!

    July 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Half of US in the grip of worst drought in 25 years. !5 trillion dollar debt and counting. Fiscal mess with economy forecasts hardly encouraging. Jobs, health care, education, social security infrastructure even essential services neglected – no funds. 60 million children going without food every day in this good ol' US of A, those living below poverty line in millions, a dwindling middle class.
    So what? we can get by.
    Lets get on with starting another war in the M.East, seek ways to intervene militarily in Syria, keep girdling the globe with military bases. We can afford it , can't we? We can always borrow more say from China , can't we?

    July 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ComeBreakMe

    Nah...Actually, I think god will just take a step back. We did this to ourselves, and he shouldn't have any sympathy for us regarding the situation.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nolimits3333

    Pray for rain, my friends.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Whome

    Currently 44 degrees on Pikes Peak.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. USAP

    De-Nile is not a river in Egypt.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hunter

    We knew this was coming 40 years ago if we didn't change our ways (global warming), yet we did nothing and just kept on abusing and raping the earth. Now we and our grandchildren will pay the price. It's going to look like a Jehovah Witness Watch Tower pamphlet here soon.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jim

    The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire.

    Revelation 16:8

    July 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southern mom

      yeah, yeah, yeah.

      July 18, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
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