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US Says Drought Will Slash Corn, Soybean Production

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. is slashing the forecast for its world-leading corn and soybean crops as the nation’s massive drought parches its farmlands. Government agriculture officials Friday sharply cut this year’s expectations for both crops as the country suffers through its worst drought in decades. Both crops are used in a wide variety of food and industrial […]

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India Facing First Drought in 3 Years

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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India is facing its first drought in three years, with this year’s monsoon rains down by nearly 20 percent. In a report issued late Thursday, the Indian Meteorological Department said more than half of India has received deficient rainfall between June and August of this year. Portions of the country’s northwest, including key food-producing states […]

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US Drought Boosts Corn, Soybean Prices to New Records

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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As the drought in the United States intensifies, corn and soybean prices are hitting record highs. Prices for both commodities jumped on Thursday, as forecasters said there is little rain expected for farmlands across vast swaths of the American Midwest, known as the country’s breadbasket. The country is suffering through its worst drought since 1956, […]

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Agriculture Dept. Designates More US Counties Disaster Areas from Drought

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has designated 39 more counties in eight states as natural disaster areas as the country struggles with its worst drought since 1956. Wednesday’s declaration makes farmers and ranchers eligible for low-interest government loans to cover their losses. Little rain and high temperatures have put 61 percent of the continental United […]

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US: Worst Drought in 56 Years

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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With weeks of soaring summertime temperatures and little rain, the United States is suffering through its worst drought since 1956. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack briefed President Barack Obama on the spread of the drought Wednesday, telling him 61 percent of the country’s vast lands are now parched, with vital corn and soybean crops severely stunted. […]

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Agriculture Dept. Designates More US Counties Disaster Areas from Drought

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has designated 39 more counties in eight states as natural disaster areas as the country struggles with its worst drought in 25 years. Wednesday’s declaration makes farmers and ranchers eligible for low-interest government loans to cover their losses. Little rain and high temperatures have put 61 percent of the continental […]

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US Says Its Drought Worst in 25 Years

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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With weeks of soaring summertime temperatures and little rain, the United States says it is sustaining its worst drought in 25 years. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack briefed President Barack Obama on the spread of the drought Wednesday, telling him that 61 percent of the county’s vast lands are now parched, with vital corn and soybean […]

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More Than Half of Continental US in Drought

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say more than half of the continental United States is in a moderate to extreme drought — the widest drought in 56 years. The Department of Agriculture has declared a natural disaster in parts of 26 of the lower 48 states. Weather forecasters say they expect almost no rain this week and little […]

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Korean Peninsula Faces Worst Drought in a Century

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Large parts of the Korean peninsula are battling the worst regional water shortages in more than a century, with reports of North Korean soldiers hand-carrying water to irrigate parched farmland, and 80 percent of the South facing extreme drought. North Korean news reports on Tuesday said more than 20,000 hectares of cropland have been destroyed […]

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Drought Ravages Chinese Province

Posted February 27th, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities say more than 3 million people in Yunnan province are running short of drinking water, as a three-year drought continues to ravage community life, livestock and agriculture in the southwestern province. Official Chinese media quote Yunnan authorities as saying more than 130,000 hectares of forest land face an increased threat of fire, as […]

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