Drought Disaster Declared in 33% of Counties
The nation's widest drought in decades is spreading. More than half of the US is now in some stage of drought. Indiana seems to be the worst hit by a severe drought.
The parched conditions have expanded in the West, the Great Plains and the Midwest.
Around a third of the nation's corn crop has been hurt.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said three-fifths of the US land mass has been affected by the lack of rain.
The administration has declared drought disasters in one third of the counties in the country.
This makes the farmers eligible for assistance such as low interest loans.
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