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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Bell and Coryell counties as primary natural disaster areas because of drought. Farmers and ranchers in Bosque, Burnet, Falls, Hamilton, Lampasas, McLennan, Milam, and Williamson counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance, the USDA said. Texas counties
The Landscape Lecture Series will continue in April with a guest speaker from Colorado State University. Allison Stoven O'Connor, a Colorado State University extension agent, will lead "The Hidden Value of Landscapes: Implications for Drought Planning" at 6 p.m. April 18 at the Family FunPlex, 1501 ...

The Drought Monitor Work Group, made up of members of the National Weather Service and state and federal agencies, determines the extent and severity of Drought in the state. An updated Drought map released Thursday shows that nearly 99 percent of New Mexico is in some stage of Drought and ...
Many Texas counties recently met qualifying drought ratings and may be eligible for LFP compensation for grazing losses for covered livestock on land that is in native or improved pastureland with permanent vegetative cover or certain crops planted specifically for grazing. Qualifying drought ratings for ... Disaster
Just as drought was among the "stressors" leading to famine and war during the Bronze Age, Dr. Cline said, today's droughts could amplify existing problems. "It's a perfect storm: You've got not just drought and famine but there's also earthquakes, there's also invaders, and that's what causes collapse," ...
Native plants always come up in conversation with individual customers, too, says Collins: "I've seen it ebb and flow and, cynically, droughts are the best time for us to get our message out." It's hard to avoid the topic when visitors with parched lawns are standing amid the botanical garden's thriving variety. drought

Although drought conditions remain, portions of all four counties have received enough much-needed rain to alleviate the previously dire situation. The storms brought enough water to downgrade a portion of San Luis Obispo County from severe drought status to moderate drought status, according to ...
A federal drought map released Thursday shows dry conditions intensifying across northern New Mexico and into southwestern Arizona. A large part of Weld County, particularly the southern half of the county, is affected by abnormally dry conditions. Every square mile of Nevada and Utah also are ...
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -. Due to the drought this year, water is going to be relied upon more heavily than it was in the past years. The irrigation season is approaching fast, and the Canadian Municipal Water Authority is making sure they planning ahead despite lake levels at Meredith still being above 70 ...
Here's a look at the Drought Monitor that was issued last Thursday. We'll get a new update on just how much this rain helped the drought situation on Thursday, April 5, but it's safe to say that most of the drought conditions will be erased, especially for the Metro and eastern counties. Because of lighter ...
With 70 percent of all residential water usage going to irrigate lawns, water districts are still encouraging homeowners to rip out sod and replace it with alternatives including drought-tolerant native landscaping and other material that doesn't guzzle water. Just two years ago, Metropolitan Water District spent ...
As cotton prices remain strong, overall cotton acres are expected to climb in 2018. The National Cotton Council (NCC) released its planting intentions survey earlier this year, indicating a 3.7 percent increase in cotton acres across the country. It's the southwest that could see the biggest jump, with NCC ...
KFYR-TV's Chief Meteorologist Kevin Lawrence says the recent snowfall we've received across the state could help relieve some of the drought, but a local rancher says the moisture from the snowfall won't fix everything. "We still need to have our timely rains in May and June. From the rancher crop ...
By most measures, portions of the American southwest in the Colorado River Basin are in their 18th year of drought. A handful of wet years dot the historical record in that stretch of time, but storms haven't brought enough moisture to fill reservoirs and replenish groundwater. It's the longest period of ...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Drought is tightening its grip across a wide swath of the American Southwest as farmers, ranchers and water managers throughout the region brace for what's expected to be more warm and dry weather through the spring. A federal Drought map released Thursday shows ...
Cape Town – It is impossible to speak about the budget for the Western Cape Department of Agriculture without mentioning the drought, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde said on Tuesday. He described the drought as a once-in-400-years event. Announcing his proposed ...
Drought tolerant landscaping is one way residents are saving money on their water bill as the winter rains fall short. ... Even though there were some large moments for weather events in January and March that came with big downpours, the city says it remains in State Three drought conditions.

Glen Duggins, the owner of Five-Star Chile and a board member on the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, says rainwater and snow melt were collected during last season's wet winter, therefore there is enough water for farmers to irrigate despite the drought. However, if we have another winter like ...
Over the past few months, Argentina has been hit by what could be its worst drought in 30 years. The effects of the extreme dry spell has reduced Argentina's GDP by 0.5% compared with the previous year, where agriculture accounted for 7% of the country's GDP. Although this could have a large impact on ...
All of these regions have faced or continue to face severe droughts. This includes a decade-long drought in Australia. Yet, none of these regions has a Day Zero that shifts with the vagaries of the political winds. The third comparison is with Gauteng. In October 2016, the province was facing a serious ...
However, extended drought conditions still pose a threat to the wildflower population. “...more frequent, severe or prolonged future droughts could eventually exceed these native species' capacity to put more and more seeds into the seed bank for their long-term survival," LaForgia said. Still, some of the ...
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -. The current drought has already severely impacted wheat production in the Texas Panhandle, making it tough for farmers to anticipate a profitable year. "It's very troubling to look out across our landscape right now," said Chief Meteorologist Doppler Dave Oliver. "It's very ...
Pam Rogers with Price Nursery and Landscaping arranges a display of yellow pansies Monday. With the rains and snowfall, the area is no longer in drought. However, Rogers advices planting flowers like pansies until the threat of the last frost or freeze passes next month. LAURA GREENE | HPE.
It is no secret that the State of California was tasked with handling one of the worst droughts in California's recorded history. In 2015, a group of several irrigation districts and water agencies (Public Agencies) located in the Delta challenged how the State curtailed water users during the drought and, after ...
So while one cannot say the drought or floods are caused by climate change, both occurrences fit within climate scientists' predictions: that the western part of South Africa will probably get drier and warmer, while the eastern part is likely to have more intense rainfall patterns – the same amount of rain ...
Wheat farmers in the Southern Plains know the drought has dealt a tough blow. Until rains fell last week, most areas of Kansas, Oklahoma and eastern Colorado had gone months without measurable precipitation. And while showers have helped, the region is far below normal precipitation. Walsh ...
A new high-tech government system for assessing seasonal conditions suggests Young and the Riverina could be on the cusp of a drought. ... Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said the new Enhanced Drought Indicator System (EDIS) drew on the latest remote sensing, satellite and climate data to ...
Much of the northern Plains was mired in severe, extreme and even exceptional drought last summer. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows about half of North Dakota and about one-third of South Dakota still in moderate-to-severe drought, but conditions have improved since last week thanks to ...
When D'Angelo Russell grabbed his 10th rebound with 6:38 to go in the fourth quarter, it was not just a milestone for him —his first triple double, at age 22. It also ended a seven-year triple-double drought for the Nets franchise going back to April 9, 2010, Terrence Williams' rookie year. And it was the first ...
But in a drought, where livelihoods have collapsed but infrastructure is intact, cash transfers are ideal, experts say. Some problems remain. There's often little co-ordination among donors - for instance, there are seven separate databases in Somalia, said McLean, and monthly stipends can vary widely.
“The season is very patchy; we don't have widespread drought but there are areas in NSW doing it very tough,” he said. “Some farmers are offloading cattle because of dry conditions, which has a depressing effect on the cattle price.” While the situation is dire for many farmers, widespread prolonged rain in ...
England ended a 22-year win drought against the Netherlands thanks to Jesse Lingard's strike for a 1-0 triumph after a performance of composure and quality in a friendly on Friday. Gareth Southgate's World Cup-bound England side were superior for much of the match, organised and in control even ...
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) says concerns exist for both long - and short-term drought over the Guianas, in particular northern Suriname. “With Cuba and Antigua being relatively dry over the past few months, water resources ...
DICKINSON -- The drought of 2017 was tough for North Dakota's agriculture industry, leaving farmers and ranchers across the state hoping that the recent ... “There is a lot that can happen still, just because we are getting moisture now doesn't mean that we don't have drought issues this year,” said Ryan ...
The longstanding humanitarian crisis in Somalia has been exacerbated by the impact of consecutive seasons of below average rains, since early 2015. Simultaneously an intensification of conflict, particularly in South Central Somalia, has not only aggravated displacement trends and further impeded ...
The spring equinox may have only just happened, but for meteorologists, it's been spring for weeks now. The meteorological season begins in March and lasts through April and May, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. With each new season, NOAA releases a climate ...
MISSOULA - This week's drought monitor update shows the Southern Plains drought expanding in Texas, Arizona and Colorado, no change along the West Coast, some improvement in the Northern Plains and a mix of improvement/degradation in the Southeast. Drought still affecting 31% of the lower 48 ...
An historic drought in South Africa's second largest city has put its vines at risk and now threatens to jeopardize its entire activity. The drought afflicting the province is expected to cut agricultural output in general by 20 percent in 2018, decimating the wheat crop and reducing apple, grape and pear exports ...
... droughts: Private water system under pressure. Water is becoming increasingly scarce in Chile due to drought, the overuse of aquifers and a dysfunctional system of private water ownership. ... Droughts are common as the precious resource becomes scarce. In Chile, a unique law that dates back to the ...
The percentage of the state that was in extreme drought went from a high of 60 to 2 percent that month. Those gains were lost thanks to very hot and dry latter part of the year. The editorial board of the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday published an op-ed called “Atmospheric river or not, California must be ready ...
WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) -- After dealing with severe droughts, relief is in sight for some Arkansas farmers. Close to all of the counties in Arkansas have been declared as disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of drought conditions. Washington County is one of the 61 ...
Last year, 81 million people worldwide experienced severe food insecurity. About 80 percent of them live in Africa. While much of that food insecurity relates to civil war and violence in places like South Sudan and Nigeria, a good portion also stems from a sequence of five severe droughts that began in ...
Moderate flooding in the Ohio River Valley and lower Mississippi River, and worsening drought in the southern and central Plains, Southwest and California: That's what forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting for the spring. “Flooding that began in mid-February ...
California water officials are still pushing the importance to conserve despite encouraging news on the drought front. The Bay Area is no longer in any semblance of a drought, according to the state drought monitor. But the good news does not end there. The National Weather Service said by this weekend, ...
A drought declaration has been made for all 105 counties in Kansas on March 13 by Governor Jeff Colyer. The declaration would provide assistance to farmers and ranchers as they deal with drought impacting their livestock and crops. The declaration allows for disaster response by the state allowing the ...
DENVER (CBS4) – The weekly update of the U.S. Drought Monitor was released Thursday and it shows drought conditions continuing to expand across Colorado. Specifically, the extreme category (D3) drought showed the most growth, expanding from 9% to 13% of the state. Extreme drought conditions ...
SACRAMENTO >> California's water conservation habits, refined and improved over five years of drought, are quickly evaporating. For the seventh time in the last eight months, the amount of water saved by urban Californians has declined, according to new data from the State Water Resources Control ...
Our recent rainfall recession continues to compound drought conditions around the Midlands. The United States Drought Monitor expanded the drought coverage area north which is significant because it now impacts every Midlands county. This update primarily affects Fairfield, Newberry and Kershaw ...
Gov. Kate Brown's news release said at the end of February, the snow-water equivalent in Klamath County was 40 percent of a normal water year, and forecasted water conditions are not expected to improve. Drought, severe weather conditions, and the upcoming fire season are significant threats to the ...
Government has officially declared the drought and water crisis plaguing the country a national state of disaster. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister Zweli Mkhize made the announcement on behalf of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Drought and Water Scarcity during a ...


 

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