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. Marlee

    I wonder if the drought of '56 had people quoting Revelations.....?

    July 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rex Riley

      Yeah, but they had to stand on a street corner and shout it because there was no Internet for them to spread their craziness.

      July 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlee

      Aren't we the lucky ones? Hooray for technology. {Rolls eyes}

      July 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • rosie

      Sure thing friend. They have been quoting the Bible since that German wrote it, er, PRINTED it. My bad.

      July 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rex Riley

    Judy, Judy, Judy...

    July 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mr biscut

    Well if none of your faithful doom scenarios pan out I expect an apology not an excuse.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      If they pay out you won't be eating very many biscuts. That's for sure!

      July 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • craig

      There is a tourist agency booking trips to Cancun, with a side visit to some Mayan ruins. They promise that you'll get a "double your money back" rebate if the end of the world does happen in December. Maybe you could ask for that instead. It's about as likely as what you're currently asking for.

      July 18, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ComeBreakMe

    Thank you Jim, for posting something that is completely irrelevant to the article at hand.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    Quote the bible all you want, the true source of this is simply natural cycling of the earth. Next year it will rain a lot and everyone will blame something for never having a Sunny weekend. People will flip out and say it is this or that. Whatever. George Carlin said it best, "Its not the end of the world, the world will still be here..... it is the end OF US. The planet will still be here, plus plastic."

    July 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mark krause


    July 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Yes, because the drought has been very na ughty.

      July 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dennis

    I miss my lush green lawn. However, I have not had to mow the lawn since early June. I do not miss the little hordes of mosquitoes.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I'm digging the no mosquito action.
      I can enjoy the beautiful nights on my deck without being carried away by the critters!

      July 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. glorydays

    OK, so it isn't science.....God's really disgusted with the fools he created relishing in their own greed and stupidity.

    Feel better now, deniers?

    July 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2/8

      I believe in science (positivism), and I believe in God. But I don't think this drought problem has anything to do with God.....it's just our screwed up environment I would think.

      July 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • rosie

      True not science, just nature. People did NOT create the Earth. People will not destroy the Earth. They may make it so no human can survive here, but the Earth will continue on for many billion more years.

      July 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 2/8

    Soooooooo what does the drought have to do with religion? I seriously doubt God got up and said "You know what.....today I'm going to make people suffer". Doesn't that kind of go against the all-forgiving and loving God which religion is based around?

    July 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mich

    Oh Judy........ You are bouncing between the old and new testament. Are you a born again????? You are JUST as bad ridiculing those who don't believe. Jesus taught us to forgive NOT to ridicule. I forgive you for your ignorance and pray that you find forgiveness in your heart as well instead of anger.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jim atmad

    You're all lying. Everything's fine. Jesus told Rick Perry and Sarah Palin that we could pump as much crap into the atmosphere and He'd fix things right up. Any day now.

    You folks aren't going to argue with Jesus, are you?

    July 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jstic

    Come on all you right wingnuts, this has to be Obama's fault, right? LOL

    July 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • cope

      no but Obama is blaming it on Bush.

      July 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. InCanada

    From GlobalPost:
    From the Rio Grande to Patagonia, climate change has begun to grip Latin America. Some of the damage, such as melting glaciers and rising sea level, can already be seen — but scientists warn there’s worse to come. The toll could be devastating for countries struggling to lift their populations out of poverty. In this series, GlobalPost's Simeon Tegel reports from the climate frontlines.

    July 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 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 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JV

    Probably time we stop letting the 3rd world flood into this country, and sterilize the murders and rapists and then work our way down from there. Wouldn’t be many liberals left after that. A better world and more water to go around. Now that is Utopia!

    July 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • glorydays

      Sure JV, the "liberals" are ruining the planet to put the GOP in its place...brilliant

      July 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
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