1016 counties in twenty-six states have been designated as disaster areas under the USDA’s new drought fast-track. The current drought is severely affecting agriculture throughout the United States.
The streamlined disaster designation allows farmers to qualify for low-interest emergency loans, disaster assistance, technical assistance, and direct support.
The first six months of this year have broken multiple heat records. The map below shows the extent of the drought in the U.S. over the last two years. The steady depletion of water resources due to the ongoing drought hasn’t helped matters.
Top map courtesy of the USDA
Bottom map courtesy of the UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics