Today the United States declared a natural disaster in more than 1,000 drought-stricken counties in 26 states.
The declaration from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA), includes most of the south-west, which has been scorched by wildfires, parts of the midwestern corn belt, and the south-east. It covers counties in California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Delaware and Hawaii. With the declaration, farmers in these areas will be able to receive relief funds from the Federal government, which amounts to about about a third of the country's farmers and ranchers who are suffering in the drought conditions.