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    Default USDA Declares Half Of Midwest As Agricultural Disaster Area

    USDA Declares Half Of Midwest As Agricultural Disaster Area

    November 13, 2009

    by Eric deCarbonnel

    The graphic below shows counties designated as disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (data from the USDA. See It speaks for itself.

    Recent USDA Disaster Declarations

    Southwest Farm Press reports that counties in Kansas designated as disaster areas.

    (emphasis mine) [my comment]

    Counties in Kansas designated as disaster areas
    Nov 12, 2009 9:52 AM

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Cheyenne, Rice and Sherman counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas because of losses caused by high winds and hail that occurred from July 17, through September 3, 2009.

    "President Obama and I understand these conditions caused severe damage to the area and serious harm to farms in Kansas and we want to help," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "This action will provide help to hundreds of farmers who suffered significant production losses to corn, dry beans, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat, as well as grasses and forage."

    The Farm Service Agency reports that USDA Designates 10 Counties in South Dakota as Primary Natural Disaster Areas.

    USDA Designates 10 Counties in South Dakota as Primary Natural Disaster Areas
    Decision Allows Farmers and Ranchers to Apply for USDA Assistance

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2009 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 10 counties in South Dakota as primary natural disaster areas because of losses caused by the combined effects of severe storms with hail, high winds, flooding and grasshopper infestations, which occurred during the period of Jan.1,2009, and continuing. The ten counties designated are Aurora, Brown, Custer, Fall River, Gregory, Hutchinson, Jackson, Marshall, Mellette and Yankton.

    “President Obama and I understand these conditions caused severe damage to the area and serious harm to the farms in South Dakota and we want to help,” said Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This action will provide help to hundreds of farmers who suffered significant production losses to forage and pasture, corn, oats, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat.”

    Farm And Ranch Guide reports that six northern Minnesota counties designed ag disaster area.

    Six northern Minnesota counties designed ag disaster area
    By USDA
    Monday, October 12, 2009 9:49 AM CDT

    On Oct. 8, the USDA named six counties in northern Minnesota as primary natural disaster areas. Those counties, Kittson, Koohiching, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Pennington and Roseau, were named because of losses caused by the combined effects of excessive snow, rain, flooding, flash flooding and unseasonably cool temperatures, as well as frost and freezes that occurred from April 1, 2009 through June 30, 2009.

    In making the announcement, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “President Obama and I understand there conditions caused by severe damage to the area and serious harm to the farms in Minnesota and we want to help. This action will provide help to hundreds of farmers who suffered significant production losses to alfalfa, barley, canola, corn, oats, rye, soybeans, sunflowers, wheat and forage crops.”

    Chron reports that New Mexico counties declared disaster areas.

    NM counties eligible for disaster aid
    © 2009 The Associated Press
    Nov. 4, 2009, 8:25AM

    CLOVIS, N.M. — Four eastern New Mexico counties have been declared eligible for disaster assistance due to their proximity to Texas counties that are disaster areas due to drought and other problems.

    Farmers and ranchers in Lea, Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties can apply for low-interest emergency loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency.

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., says farmers and ranchers of the four counties have been economically affected by severe weather this year.

    The Daily News Online reports that 39 upstate counties named disaster areas in Michigan.

    Genesee and Orleans named disaster counties
    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 10:14 AM EDT

    Farmers in Genesee and Orleans counties may be eligible for low-interest government loans due to excessive rain and hail that hit beginning May 1, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced.

    Genesee and Orleans are among 39 upstate counties [in Michigan] named to a disaster assistance list released last week by the USDA.

    The counties were named due to natural disasters that damaged crops. Farmers in eligible counties have until June 21, 2010, to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. The federal farm Service Agency will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. reports that Missouri farmers to get disaster aid.

    Missouri farmers to get disaster aid

    JEFFERSON CITY > FARMERS TO GET DISASTER AID Farmers in about two-thirds of Missouri's counties, including St. Charles and Franklin, may be eligible for aid because of a federal disaster declaration for water and wind damage. Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a disaster as a result of rain, winds and flooding that occurred between Feb. 1 and July 31. Farmers may qualify for federal emergency loans or payments. The agricultural disaster declaration covers 28 primary counties, plus 47 counties located next to them.

    The Quad-City Times reports that disaster declaration includes Iowa's Jackson county.

    Disaster declaration includes Iowa's Jackson County
    Rod Boshart Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 2:00 am

    DES MOINES - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declared 22 Iowa counties, including Jackson County, as disaster areas Monday due to storm damage earlier this year.

    Earlier this month, Gov. Chet Culver asked Vilsack is issue a secretarial disaster designation after damage to plants and significant production losses due to severe storms between May 15 and July 31.

    The declarations were made after assessments on crop and agriculture losses were done throughout Iowa [See this? The USDA VERIFIED the damage to Iowa’s crops]. Declarations are still pending for several Iowa counties not covered by Monday's announcement, but may be added at a later date.

    The Star-telegram reports that wet weather delays harvest from midwest to south.

    Wet weather delays harvest from Midwest to South
    Posted Thursday, Nov. 05, 2009

    Associated Press Writer

    NEW ORLEANS — And most will need "significant" help, either from the government or another source, to get financing for 2010, he said.

    Low-interest loans or other aid may be available to farmers in the handful of Louisiana parishes and Mississippi counties that have been declared federal disaster areas due to late spring and early summer flooding, but state officials are seeking additional help for those affected by the drought and subsequent rains.

    "More than ever, Louisiana producers are in need of disaster funds," state Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said.

    My reaction: The USDA has declared half of the Midwest to be an agricultural disaster area, which leads to some interesting questions.

    Why is the USDA is predicting the biggest soybean crop ever, while at the same time declaring that half the Midwest to have suffered “significant production losses” due to natural disasters? Isn't that slightly contradictory?

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    Where in Art 1 SEC 8 is the provision for an USDA ????

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    Also this.

    The Coming World Famine: Will 2010 Be The Year The World Runs Out Of Food?

    A "perfect storm" of circumstances is coming together that is leading many agriculture experts to predict that we will soon be experiencing a worldwide food crisis of unprecedented magnitude. Will 2010 be the year that the world runs out of food? Record setting droughts, exploding populations and crippling crop failures all over the world are combining to set the stage for a potentially devastating food crisis in the coming year.
    Even in such technologically advanced times, the reality is that the food supply is not immune to droughts and plagues. Even the United States has been dramatically affected. Just consider the following examples.....

    *All time record breaking heat and drought continues to plague the state of Texas. In fact, extreme drought conditions can be found in many agricultural areas throughout the United States this summer.

    *If the drought conditions were not bad enough, a disease known as "late blight" is absolutely devastating tomato and potato plants in the eastern half of the United States. The prices for those two staple foods could shoot through the roof, hitting already hurting American consumers really hard.

    *In addition, farmers all over the United States are reporting very disappointing harvests. For example, the very weak wheat harvest this year is seriously disappointing farmers across the state of Illinois.

    But it is not just the U.S. that is experiencing serious agricultural problems. In fact, the news from the rest of the world is even more troubling.

    *Agricultural scientists fear that Ug99, a devastating wheat fungus also known as stem rust, could wipe out over 80 percent of the world's wheat crop as it spreads out from Africa.

    *Harvests all across the globe are frighteningly low. Just check out the following troubling reports from the Market Skeptics blog.....


    1) Bulgaria harvest will be around 20% lower than last season's output.

    2) Argentine farmers will plant just 2.6 million hectares of winter wheat for the 2009/10 season, a stunning 2.1 million less than was planted in 2008/09 (down nearly 45%).

    3) Part of the reason behind lower plantings is a two fingered salute to the government and their export restrictions.

    4) Brazil, the world's third largest wheat importer, bought 51,000 MT of US wheat last week, more than it bought in the entire first six months of the year.

    5) With the Brazilian real strengthening against the dollar, Brazilian millers that are being forced to look for supplies are finding US wheat fitting the bill quite nicely.

    6) Canadian crop development lags with 60% of winter grains are behind normal development. Spring grains development is even further behind, with 75% of crops affected.

    7) Ukraine will only produce 35 MMT of grain this season, 35 percent less than last year.

    8 ) 3.3 million hectares of the Russia’s spring crops have been badly damaged by drought. Production this year is seen lower at around 55-60 MMT from 63.7 MMT in 2008.

    9) Sugar hit it's highest in three years last week.

    10) The lack of monsoon rains in northern India was the main driver of the rally in sugar. World demand is outstripping supply by over six million tonnes at the moment, and India is set to potentially become the world's largest importer this year.

    11) Spanish wheat output is now projected 32% lower this year at 3.8 MMT.

    12) Rain is damaging crops in the UK and across Europe.


    When you add up all of the recent agricultural news stories it means one thing: a massive food crisis is on the way.

    Harvests around the world are going to be much smaller at a time when world demand for food is at an all-time high.

    In other words, there are going to be food shortages.

    Very serious food shortages.

    Are you all starting to get the point.

    In just a few months, the world is going to have a lot less food than what it needs. When people around the world find that they can't feed their families, there will likely be food riots that will make the food riots of 2008 look like a walk in the park.

    In the United States, there will not be shortages of food - at least at first. But what this will mean is that there will be dramatic price increases at the supermarket.

    Are you ready?

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    The US raises several million grainfed cattle each year. Each steer raised to slaughter weight on grain in a feedlot consumes enough grain to feed 100 people for 1 year. In addition, each steer consumes (or requires in some other manner) 2.5 MILLION gallons of water to reach slaughter weight. There is no real shortage of food being raised worldwide. There IS a serious problem with distribution and wastage.
    Ignorance is curable through education. Stupidity is refusing to be educated.

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    The county I live in Illionois is not a disaster area, but the weather has been playing havoc with the harvest. The corn is too wet and the beans are too late, the farmers are working round the clock right now with good weather. Lets hope the weather holds out.

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    Wink Bottom Line............

    The bottom line is that we, as preppers, should be storing food more now than ever. You can't eat bullets..........
    Never Down and Out.........
    Always Ready..................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traprr View Post

    The bottom line is that we, as preppers, should be storing food more now than ever. You can't eat bullets..........
    very true.. and this does look bad.. how could food cost NOT go up because of this?

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    Farmers scramble to finish harvest from hell

    Nov 13, 2009

    By Julie Ingwersen

    MARENGO, Illinois (Reuters) - Brothers Steve and Ron Pierce spent most of an hour in a chilly northern Illinois field last week clearing a clog of soybean chaff from the guts of their combine, using a mix of tools and their bare hands.

    "The beans get tough when they pick up moisture," Steve Pierce said.

    The clog had idled the $260,000 harvester, another delay in what has been the harvest from hell across the U.S. Midwest corn and soybean belt.

    The clock is ticking on farmers like the Pierce brothers all across the Midwest as they scramble to bring in the largest U.S. soybean crop on record and the second-largest corn crop before winter arrives.

    Late-maturing crops and persistent rain throughout October halted fieldwork, making this the slowest start for the U.S. harvest since the 1970s. The delays -- and questions about crop quality -- have kept Chicago Board of Trade grain markets on the boil.

    "Just look at the price of corn from October to now. The delayed harvest has had a bullish impact on prices," said Terry Reilly, an agricultural analyst with Citigroup.


    CBOT corn futures are up about 15 percent since October 1. CBOT soybeans, already supported by strong export demand from China, are up about 7 percent.

    On Thursday, fresh concerns about mold in the corn crop helped bolster prices for CBOT soymeal, an alternative ingredient to corn in livestock feed rations.

    The United States produces 40 percent of the global corn crop and 35 percent of all soybeans, and is the leading exporter of both commodities.

    In a normal year, farmers would be nearly finished harvesting the two primary crops, which help feed people across the globe, from Europe to Asia to Africa.

    By November 1, U.S. farmers had brought in only half the soybean crop and one-quarter of the corn, well below the five-year averages of 87 percent and 71 percent, respectively.

    Because of the late harvest, some analysts say the true size of the U.S. corn and soybean crops might not be known until well into 2010 -- possibly even after the USDA issues its "final" production numbers in January.

    "This is the latest harvest we've had in a very long time, so there are lots of questions out there that we would not have normally," said Patrick Westhoff, co-director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri.

    "It's really tough, in a year like this, to get a handle on things."


    Despite the delays, yields have been strong, and the U.S. Agriculture Department this week projected the largest U.S. soy crop on record, at 3.3 billion bushels, and the second-largest corn crop at 12.9 billion bushels.

    Livestock producers and other grain end-users may face higher-than-normal costs as the harvest drags on, but U.S. food costs probably won't be affected.

    "It was probably reassuring from a consumer standpoint that yesterday's USDA reports did not really change the size of the crop from previous estimates," Westhoff said.

    Still, all the wet weather has caused widespread quality problems including mold and diseases. Also, crops all across the Midwest are higher in moisture than normal, creating harvest glitches like the Pierce brothers' clogged combine.

    Because high-moisture grain cannot be stored or processed properly, many farmers will pay to have their crops dried at grain elevators -- cutting into their profits and further slowing the harvest.

    "In some cases, depending on the yield, the drying charges alone are running $100 to $150 an acre, which is more than what some of the (land) rents are," Ron Pierce said.


    The sky finally cleared over the Corn Belt last week and growers have seized the opportunity, running their combines at full tilt. Soybean harvest progress moved up to 75 percent by November 8, USDA said. But the rush has taken a toll on machinery and farmers alike.

    "I've been doing this for 30 years and I've never seen a year like this," said Ron Waldschmidt, a vice president with farm equipment dealer A.C. McCartney in Wataga, Illinois.

    "It's not unusual in any given year to have wet conditions, or maybe a variety that tends to mold, or maybe the moisture is a little bit high. But this year, you've got it all," he said.

    Waldschmidt said his office has tripled orders for combine parts like belts in response to demand from local farmers who are running their equipment hard, taking advantage of the brief harvest window.

    "This morning before 7 o'clock, we had six belts out the door," he said. "Everybody is having these kind of problems."

    end quote.

    The prices of all food will be driven up substancially in 2010 and 2011.

    Please take the time to read all of what I am posting. Thnis is fact and I am posting the proof for the purpose of convincing everyone who's objective is to become prepaered to complete their plans ASAP.
    Last edited by 411man; 11-15-2009 at 12:25 PM.

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    Default thanks for that

    sobering information for sure.

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    Exagerated and misrepresented. Many people don't realize that America exports 85% of the food we produce and with the 15% remaining we have a massive surplus. We as a single country can produce enough food to feed the entire world, but we don't, we sell it to the highest bidders. The middle east has oil, the russians have precious metals, we have food.

    Also even if there was a drastic shortage, we are capable of dramatically increasing out output considering our govt pays farmers to not use over half of the farm land in the country. Farmers are paid not to farm so in the case of an emergency we have healthy land and soil that is capable of producing additional surplus. We are not going to suddently run out of food and starve, some crops might cost you a few more cents a pound by the time they reach shelves but that's about it.

    Food shortage is not something that is likely to ever happen in this country.

    ---------- Post added at 07:10 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:06 PM ----------

    Also the farmers around my area in Illinois are thrilled as all the extra rain and the unusual rise in temperature we kept getting week to week gave them an extra additiona short crop this year whatever that means.

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