A recent report from the state Department of Agriculture estimates that Central Washington apple growers lost at least $85 million, which is less than 5 percent of the state’s $2 billion industry. Raspberry growers in Western Washington lost $14 million, dryland wheat farmers lost $212 million, and hay growers around Ellensburg lost $11 million. In May, the agency estimated the drought could cost $1.2 billion in lost harvests, including $243 million from Yakima Basin junior irrigators.
The hail which tore across Tasman horticultural land was three times as bad as the storm which hit Riwaka last November. Growers would this week be assessing the damage and deciding which blocks could still be picked for export and which would be abandoned. The impact of the hail would flow through to the local economy mid next year when the fruit losses were reflected in growers' returns.
Farmers in Odisha have barely recovered from crop loss due to drought this year when a spell of unseasonal rain during the past 24 hours has damaged their ready-to-harvest crops in hundreds of acres of land in the State. Keonjhar, Bargarh, Debgarh, Angul, Khurda and Dhenkanal have received unseasonal rainfall during the past 24 hours. In districts like Keonjhar, Debgarh and Dhenkanal, farmers made desperate attempts to complete crop cutting and take yields to safer places.
The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they’re disappearing in many of the country’s most-important farmlands. If losses of these crucial pollinators continue, the new nationwide assessment indicates that farmers will face increasing costs – and that the problem may even destabilize the nation’s crop production.
Cotton crop spread over three lakh hectares has been damaged in Punjab due to whitefly infestation, while soyabean, urad and moong crop have suffered loss due to yellow mosaic virus in Madhya Pradesh. During the Kharif season this year, whitefly infestation was reported in cotton crop in Punjab and Haryana. The Punjab government has reported damage to cotton crop in 3.32 lakh hectares in eight cotton growing districts.
The storms that hit Henderson County in late October caused considerable flooding in the area, but the Farm Service Agency may be able to help. The FSA announced Monday applications for emergency farm loans for losses caused by severe storms, tornados, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred between Oct. 22, through Oct. 31, are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency office located in Tyler as of Monday. The peak of the precipitation in Henderson County came on Oct. 24, when Athens recorded 10.38 inches of rain.
More than 341 million złoty (over 80 million Euro) is going to growers affected by this year's drought. Aid has also been granted to blackcurrant growers in compensation for the losses incurred due to the low prices of this fruit. According to the Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture (ARMA), the 341.6 million złoty allocated will go to more than 143 thousand growers.
Relief is being made available for drought stricken farmers in three East Texas counties. The United States Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for emergency farm loans for damages and losses caused by drought occurring through Sept. 29, 2015 and continuing. The applications are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency.
A newly-released United Nations report now estimates that the direct losses from natural disasters globally since 2000 are potentially in the $U.S. 2.5 trillion range (UNISDR 2013a). This statement is important because it is twice the size of any previous estimate, and it illustrates that natural disasters will be significant issues for all societies in the future. In a corresponding press release, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon argued that the “economic losses from disasters are out of control” and that these losses will continue to “escalate” unless action is taken to reduce disaster risks in the future (UNISDR 2013b).
About 55 percent of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing moderate to extreme drought conditions at the end of June 2012, according to a report by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). This is the largest percentage since December 1956, when 58 percent of the country was affected by such conditions. June 2012 also marked the fourth-warmest June since record keeping began in 1880, according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Small-scale farmers in developing countries can no longer absorb the negative impacts of climate threats within their traditional risk management strategy. One supplementary risk management instrument could be agricultural insurances. But they need to be tailored to the specific needs particularly of small-scale farmers, a great challenge for the insurance providers.
Using technology to cool the planet may be the only way to deal with the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, argues scientist David Keith. Geoengineering—using technology to purposefully change the climate—is the only option for reducing the risk of climate change from greenhouse-gas emissions in the next few decades, says David Keith, a professor […]
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