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. Duane

    Where was all this support and suggestion when Texas was burning by fire as well as by heat last year. Not just certain counties but the whole state. And the year before that and the year before that. dam get a grip.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      because it's texas duane. they git r done without that dam guvermint

      July 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jdude

    The fact that it's the worst drought since the 1950s says there was a drought worse than this back then. Did everybody think the climate was changing during that drought? Weather records don't go back far enough to really know if we're changing the climate. What about the dust bowl droughts of the 1930s? Scientist believe the earth experienced a mini-ice age that was just finishing up in the 1700s. So things have been getting warmer for over 200 years folks.

    As for the green grass in the photo– grass greens-up quickly after a rain. Corn that is already dead doesn't come back. There could have been a day or two of rain, and the grass rejuvenated.

    I too think we could/should develop a national rainwater collection/distribution system. I don't know how you do it, but wouldn't it be a matter of national security? Hey, they can put a man on the moon... Just sayin.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      all i can say is those who have moved to places like arizona to live in paradise are going to have a rude awakening when all the piped water and electricity stops flowing one day. Southern CA lives off the tap too. buy land up north. prices will skyrocket and you can retire in a fully furnished bunker as the tropics move to canada.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Impeach

    What? Obamessiah can't make it rain?

    July 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terence

      only idiots like you think that rain is supernatural

      July 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • No one

      I thought that's what people prayed to the jesus for.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bermille

      Wow, neither can the republicans – who knew.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Me

      Ok...I never heard anyone use that term for our "President." Love it. lolol

      July 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoJo

      The Bushmessiah stopped it from raining by doing nothing about global warming, but make it worse.

      July 18, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jmf

    a link to the list of affected counties, or a map/graphic, would be useful. otherwise this story is just bluster.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Its like the 1948 drought, but this time it could be allot worse because it is World wide.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • MJ

      I agree. CNN used to do a much better job with maps attached to stories.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alexis

    Just another sign of Global Climate Change. Incredible how so many of you Americans still don't believe in the science!

    July 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Heads in the gro- – O wait, their ass!

      July 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sidb1980

      Yes, as long as you don't say it is solely manmade. Our planet is alive and constantly moving, changing, erupting of gasses, etc. So driving cars and factories didn't create the problem. Sure, adding to it, but as a planet this change was and is inevitable. We have to adjust to it. August heat is now in July.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dubrats

    now how do we pay for obamacare....so many bailouts...so little money

    July 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • OPEN400

      The TAARP bailout was signed by GEORGE BUSH!!!!!!!!!!! Obama did the auto bail out because it would have met 1-2 million jobs directly or indirectly PLUS WE ARE AT WAR AND OUR AUTO INDUSTRY HELPS SUPPLY OUR WAR MACHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The auto bailout worked. No one wanted to bail anyone out – that idiot George Bush gave us no option but have the government step in/

      No banks + no auto industry = 1930 style depression and we lose the war on terrorism in hte MIddle east!

      July 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Concerned

    Why dont they crop-dust water all over that corn, or where are those rolling water sprinklers?

    July 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      I so agree about rolling sprinklers. Irrigation also works considering all the water that is available.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CNNuthin

    I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain. What a glorious feeling.....By the way, it is raining up here in Boston....I'm happy again. (Let me know if that gets stuck in anyone's head now.)

    July 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    "Golly Pa, where's all the water?"

    "Did you turn on the sprinklers?"


    July 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sarah

    Yall knw wat im so hurt and dissapointed in the ppl of this earth ppl act like this is a game this is smthng to play wit god is watching and listening but geuss what the earth is not gonna perish we are only the riteogous shld remain yall have the nerve to blast my god ...wat is this world coming to but whn it all boils down to our time is up ..and god comes and shows his holy power its gonna b the same ones who are doubting him and mocking him thts gonna be begging for his mercy... And praying for his forgvness ..i hope god have mercy on ur souls... Open ur eyes cnt u see look around ... The end is coming i hope u are ready ....i am ...

    July 18, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      Me too Sarah. He is coming back as promised. And I think we are in the "end of days" too. Maybe we both won't "live" to see it, but the end is near.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      So Valerie, if the end is near and might not live to see it, how freaken old are you then? lol Old Folks home run out of meds again?

      July 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Obama *can* make it rain. All he has to do is tap into *your* water supply.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    When was the last drought? 1910? Lasted 10 years.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. freshnewblog

    Can I do anything to helphelp?

    July 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      You can turn on the sprinklers for them. That might be a start since no one has figured that out yet.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Think I'm going to move to Death Valley, where it's cooler.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LOL

    "Rolling water sprinklers"...lol...it's called an irrigation system. And they cost A LOT of money to run.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
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