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Drought and Floods Affect US Farmers: Crop Insurance, Improved Farming Methods, and Assistance are the Response

According to the USDA, about 80 percent of agricultural land experienced drought in 2012, conditions not seen since the 1950s. Two thousand US counties were designated as disaster areas, and 67 percent of cattle and 70-75 percent of corn and soybean production was affected. The summer months were the driest, putting 28 percent of the affected farms in exceptional (worse than severe) drought conditions. The tide turned this spring for some Midwestern areas, when torrential rains made it difficult to farmers to plant their crops.

UN International Day of Rural Women

From UN.org:

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This new international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in

Annual Farm Aid Concert, Hershey PA

Update 9/13/2012 from Farmaid.org:

 

With more than 29,000 tickets sold, Farm Aid 2012 is officially sold out. Fans at home can watch a special presentation of the concert event from Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 to 11 p.m. EDT at www.farmaid.org.

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ProFarmer Midwest Crop Tour to Assess Drought Damage

On the second of an annual, four-day tour of crops through seven Midwestern states, ProFarmer Editor Chip Flory expressed his concerns about the drought's effects on this year's corn crop, "After two days on the western leg of the Tour, I now see a risk of a significant cut to the 2012-13 corn