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Can the military save America's livestock growers?updated: Wed Aug 15 2012 12:34:00

As the nation's ranches and farms endure one of the most severe droughts in decades, the Obama administration has ordered the Pentagon to look into purchasing a "second helping" of all things meat.

Drought continues to plague U.S.updated: Fri Aug 10 2012 10:38:00

CNN's Alexandra Steele discusses the severity of the drought and explains how long conditions are expected to persist.

Barge runs aground on Mississippi River; historic drought continues updated: Thu Aug 02 2012 17:57:00

The Mississippi River was closed at two different locations Thursday after a barge ran aground near Greenville, Mississippi, and the Army Corps of Engineers carried out dredging operations near La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Half of U.S. counties now disaster zonesupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 15:01:00

The historic drought has left over half of U.S. counties in danger zones according to the Department of Agriculture.

Little hope for worsening drought in U.S. Plainsupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 15:01:00

The area of the United States in extreme or exceptional drought grew by an area roughly the size of Alabama over the past week, according to new figures out Thursday.

Livestock producers caught in a Capitol crunchupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 01:31:00

Livestock producers suffering through one of the most severe droughts in decades will most likely have to wait until Congress returns from its August recess before getting any new federal disaster assistance.

Farmers search for hay during droughtupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 01:31:00

The drought is causing cattlemen and ranchers from around the U.S. to ask for hay from Minnesota farmers.

U.S. drought biggest since 1956, climate agency saysupdated: Mon Jul 16 2012 18:27:00

The pool is closed in Warrenton, Missouri. Cattle ponds are drying up in Arkansas. Illinois is in danger of losing its corn crop.

CNNMoney: Severe U.S. drought slams small businessesupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 17:25:00

Farmers, boating companies and restaurants are among the growing number of small businesses reeling from the worst drought to hit the United States in 12 years.

Heat Wave: Triple digitsupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 13:46:00

Triple-digit heat afflicted the middle of the U.S. for days on end. Lisa Sylvester reports on beating the heat.

Drought stretches across America, threatens cropsupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 13:46:00

A dry and mild spring led Don Villwock, like all of Indiana's corn and soybean farmers, to plant two weeks early this year. He was hopeful for a bountiful Labor Day harvest.

Protecting farmers from droughtupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 07:39:00

Nima Elbagir reports on one micro-insurance scheme in northern Kenya that is offering hope to farmers in the region.

Insurance helps Kenya's herders protect against droughtupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 07:39:00

Wacho Yayo and his wife Dawe are used to seeing the plants shrivel around them, the earth crack and their cattle die. Every time a drought has hit this elderly couple's village in northern Kenya they have had to rebuild their lives all over again.

Tunnel accident near Las Vegas kills one worker, injures anotherupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 22:26:00

An accident in a tunnel at a construction project near Las Vegas killed one worker and injured another on Monday, the agency operating the site said.

North Korea faces worst drought in 50 years; South says aid unlikelyupdated: Tue May 29 2012 04:39:00

North Korea is facing possibly its worst drought in 50 years, state media reported this week.

Drought affecting millions in Africaupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 07:17:00

CNN's David McKenzie reports from Africa's Sahel region where U.N. says drought threatens lives of one million children.

'We couldn't even eat the seeds': Drought affecting millions in Africa's Sahelupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 07:17:00

The Arabic nomads in central Chad always have moved from place to place, following the rains with their camels and cattle. But in that parched stretch of Africa, some nomads have stopped moving, saying the droughts now come too often.

Drought conditions spur action in Mexicoupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 13:10:00

Rains will bring some relief to drought-stricken Mexico this week, but they will not be enough alleviate the bigger challenges, officials say.

Texas community trucks in water to stem shortageupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 04:35:00

A small central Texas community has begun trucking in thousands of gallons of water to avoid running dry during the state's historic drought, a water official said.

Town trucks in water to beat droughtupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 04:35:00

Faced with a dwindling water supply, Spicewood Beach, Texas, has been forced to truck in water. YNN Austin reports.

Drought poses risk to corn, soybeans in Argentinaupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 07:37:00

Rain in Argentina on Tuesday brought some relief to the drought-stricken central part of the country, but concerns remained.

Massive grass fire burns in eastern Texasupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 19:31:00

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is battling a large grass fire in the marshlands of Jefferson County, Texas, an agency official told CNN on Tuesday.

Farmers get 'bale'-outupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 15:37:00

Texas farmers suffering from a drought get a donation of hay from Indiana farmers. KTVT reports.

Drought may have killed a half-billion trees, Texas Forest Service saysupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 15:37:00

As many as a half-billion trees may have died across Texas from the effects of the 2011 drought, the state's forest service says.

Drought to continue in Southern plains, officials sayupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 14:16:00

The Southern Plains of the United States are likely to see a continuation of a severe drought this winter, while the Pacific Northwest will be colder and wetter than average, according to data released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Rains a welcome relief in drought-stricken Texasupdated: Sun Oct 09 2011 22:03:00

Much-needed rain fell across drought-stricken Texas on Sunday, offering relief but no end to what's been one of the state's driest years on record.

World Bank raises Horn of Africa aid to $1.88 billionupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 13:23:00

The World Bank said that it is increasing funding to the war-wracked and drought-stricken Horn of Africa to $1.88 billion from more than $500 million, a generous gesture that coincides with a U.N. mini-summit on the devastated region.

Elephants and livestock battle for water in East Africaupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 11:28:00

As the Horn of Africa suffers its worst drought for 60 years, there are reports of growing conflict between people and wildlife over the region's limited resources.

Drought lingers in southern China, impacts 44 million peopleupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 06:27:00

A historic drought in southern China has caused billions of dollars in losses to agriculture and left millions of people and animals short of drinking water, government officials said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Wildfires and drought cost Texas billionsupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 13:44:00

The Texas wildfires are adding economic trauma to a state that has already suffered billions of dollars in agricultural damages from an ongoing drought.

Somalis fear tyranny of al-Shabaab as they flee drought-stricken areasupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 05:53:00

A few weeks ago, Sengaba Ibrahim began her march through the arid wasteland of Somalia's famine zones, an arduous trek not just for this 60-year-old woman, but for thousands of others who chance their lives in search of food and water in the drought-stricken region.

Residents evacuated as firefighters battle blaze in parched Texasupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 11:01:00

High winds whipped up a spreading wildfire in northern Texas on Wednesday as firefighters battled several blazes across the tinder-dry state.

Heat wave causes shortage in horse hayupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 05:57:00

The heat wave and drought are causing some farmers to fear that their livestock and horses may starve.

Report: Crop losses in Texas top $5 billionupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 05:57:00

With Texas scorched by a blistering hot summer and parched by a 10-month drought, state agriculture officials are counting a record $5.2 billion in commodity losses, according to Texas A&M agriculture economists.

Kenyans unite to raise funds for citizens battling droughtupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 04:48:00

A campaign to raise funds for starving Kenyans has galvanized the nation as families battle a devastating drought in the nation's northern region.

Desperate for water in Texasupdated: Sun Aug 14 2011 09:25:00

CNN's Ed Lavandera looks at a controversial plan to bring more drinking water to parts of Texas.

Record percentage of United States experiences 'exceptional drought'updated: Mon Aug 01 2011 21:03:00

Exceptional drought conditions spread across nearly 12% of the United States last month, a record number that shows the widespread impact of the dry weather conditions, according to a report released Monday.

School food lifeline under threat in drought-hit Kenyaupdated: Thu Jul 28 2011 05:53:00

For young children in drought-stricken areas of Kenya, primary schools providing free lunchtime meals are operating as "life-saving centers" in communities where food is increasingly scarce.

'Perfect storm' leads to droughtupdated: Thu Jul 28 2011 05:53:00

Parts of Somalia are experiencing their first famine in 19 years amid a "perfect storm" of weather and conflict.

Three stories from Africa's drought, famineupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 10:08:00

I recently visited Garissa, Kenya -- a city of at least 180,000 people not far from the border with Somalia -- and areas to the north to see how this year's drought has impacted families in the area.

Hunger in the Horn of Africaupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 10:08:00

Portella of Mercy Corps documents drought and desperation in East Africa.

U.S. musters response to 'staggering hunger' in Horn of Africaupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 16:32:00

Severe drought, crop failure, livestock deaths, soaring food prices and armed conflict are forcing millions of people in the Horn of Africa to flee their homes, creating what U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development officials Tuesday described as "staggering hunger," with more than 11 million people now in need of emergency assistance.

Africa drought difficult for kidsupdated: Sat Jul 09 2011 06:56:00

A severe drought in Kenya and Somalia is causing malnourishment in children.

Clinton ready to test Al-Shabaab's promise allowing aid to Somaliaupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 22:26:00

The U.S. wants to test claims by Somalia's al Qaeda-linked group Al-Shabaab that it will lift the ban on relief organizations to avoid a humanitarian disaster caused by drought in the Horn of Africa nation, the State Department said Wednesday.

Texas faces subdued July Fourth due to droughtupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 13:27:00

The oohs and aahs of the Independence Day holiday will be more subdued this year in Texas, where months of severe drought have led to restrictions on fireworks across much of the state.

Aid group: Hundreds of children fleeing drought arrive in Kenya dailyupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 06:58:00

More than 800 Somali children are arriving at crowded refugee camps in Kenya daily after walking for days to escape a prolonged drought, an aid group said this week.

Has the Three Gorges Dam created Chinese drought zone?updated: Fri Jun 03 2011 11:56:00

Hong Yulan has fished the shallow waters of Dongting Lake for nearly 30 years, but this summer she is doing something she never fathomed possible: walking across the bottom of her lake.

China admits Three Gorges Dam 'problems'updated: Thu May 26 2011 14:58:00

China's Three Gorges Dam may be contributing to the country's drought. CNN's Ramy Inocencio reports.

China admits Three Gorges Dam has 'urgent problems' as drought persistsupdated: Thu May 26 2011 14:58:00

In a rare admission, the Chinese government has said the Three Gorges Dam -- the world's largest hydropower plant -- is having "urgent problems," warning of environmental, construction and migration "disasters" amid the worst drought to hit southern China in 50 years.

Impact of China drought on worldupdated: Fri Feb 11 2011 01:48:00

CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva takes a look at the drought in China and its global implications.

China spends $1 billion to tackle droughtupdated: Fri Feb 11 2011 01:48:00

China's government will invest $1 billion to combat a three month drought crippling the country's north.

Amazon droughts increase climate change fearsupdated: Fri Feb 04 2011 12:48:00

Two major droughts in Brazil's Amazon region in the last six years threaten to undermine its role as the planet's most important carbon sink and a vital brake on climate change, according to new research.

Water shortages reach crisis levels in Chinaupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 10:10:00

China can't dam or divert water quickly enough to keep up with its thirsty population, and the shortage has reached crisis levels in Beijing and other areas.

Drought grips parts of China, Southeast Asia amid dam concernsupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 04:50:00

Dams have dried up in southwest China, Thai fishermen have almost completely stopped their fishery activities on the Mekong River, and nearly half of northern Vietnam's farmland is under threat because of a regional drought.

Rain 'not enough' to end hunger in Kenyaupdated: Thu Dec 10 2009 06:03:00

Recent rainfall has brought new vegetation to parts of Kenya that haven't seen rain for years, but aid workers say it's too little, too late to undo the damage caused by years of drought.

Venezuela rations water in response to droughtupdated: Tue Nov 03 2009 10:33:00

Residents of the Venezuelan capital on Monday began to experience water rationing as part of a government preservation measure during a drought.

Typhoon Morakot lashes Taiwanupdated: Fri Aug 07 2009 17:26:00

Typhoon Morakot dumped heavy rain on Taiwan early Saturday and threatened to further soak the recently drought-stricken island.

Drought parches much of the U.S., may get worseupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 17:26:00

Marjorye Heeney knew something was wrong when she saw a bulging cloud of black dust darken the sky.

China farmers struggling under severe droughtupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 02:30:00

Fifty-year-old farmer Du Jianmin says if it doesn't rain soon in his corner of northern China, his winter wheat crops -- which his village of 120 people relies on for food for the year -- will die.

Drought hits Henan provinceupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 02:30:00

The breadbasket of China is facing its worst drought in years. CNN's Emily Chang reports.

Rain offers little respite in China droughtupdated: Tue Feb 10 2009 03:36:00

Rain fell in four provinces this week, but China will still have to take serious measures to combat what some have called the worst drought in half a century, government officials said.

Chinese military tackles drought crisisupdated: Mon Feb 09 2009 21:57:00

The Chinese government brought out the big guns over the weekend to help fight its worst drought in 50 years.

China suffering worst drought in 50 yearsupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 07:14:00

China is suffering another natural disaster -- this time, the worst drought in half a century. The land is parched and the irrigation dams have dried up. Crops and livestock are dying.

Water cutbacks on tap for Mexico Cityupdated: Sat Jan 31 2009 01:01:00

Five million residents in Mexico City and its metro area could soon start feeling the effects of water cutbacks imposed Friday due to drought conditions.

Argentina's terrible droughtupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 19:03:00

Argentine farmers face their worst drought in 50 years. CNN's Brian Byrnes reports.

Argentine farmers face ruin as drought kills cattle, cropsupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 19:03:00

In a small farming town 105 kilometers (65 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, farmers are struggling to nourish their crops and feed their animals. The worst drought in half a century has turned Argentina's once-fertile soil to dust and pushed the country into a state of emergency.

Click go the shearersupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 22:33:00

It's shearing season in NSW, Australia, where farmers are dealing with a severe on-going drought.

Blue skies, blue days in rural Australiaupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 22:33:00

It sounds like the ultimate advertisement jingle for a holiday: Blue skies, nothing but blue skies, all day long.

Time.com: Tropical Storm Rumbles off Carolinasupdated: Sun Jul 20 2008 13:10:00

Tropical Storm Cristobal, the first tropical storm to menace the Southeast seaboard this hurricane season, sent outer bands of intermittent rain late Saturday

Time.com: Schwarzenegger: California Droughtupdated: Thu Jun 05 2008 08:00:00

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a statewide drought after two years of below-average rainfall, low snowmelt runoff and a court-ordered restriction on water transfers

Spain suffers worst droughtupdated: Fri Apr 18 2008 21:54:00

Spain is reeling from its most severe drought in 70 years with the nation's reservoirs on average just half full, the Environment Ministry reports.

Holiday rains spare Atlanta from drought recordupdated: Mon Dec 31 2007 05:25:00

Thanks to a rainy holiday season, the Atlanta area stayed just above its historical low-water mark for annual rainfall, the National Weather Service reported.

Feds OK drought deal letting Georgia keep more waterupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 16:12:00

Federal biologists said Friday they had signed off on a plan aimed at providing relief to the drought-parched Southeast, under which more water will be retained in Georgia instead of being released into Florida.

'Forgotten Coast': A drought, a bay and a way of life threatenedupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 08:34:00

It's called the "Forgotten Coast," a sleepy stretch of Florida's Panhandle that is the heart of the state's oyster industry.

Water war hits oystermenupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 08:34:00

Drought is slowing the flow of fresh water to Florida, threatening the oyster industry. CNN's John Zarrella reports

Plea for Plan B in Southern drought sagaupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 21:43:00

Governors of three drought-ridden Southern states met with federal officials to address water usage issues for two river basins Thursday, as the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to present a plan meant to relieve regions dangerously low on water.

Water warupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 21:43:00

CNN's Rusty Dornin has more on the fight over water between Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

Time.com: Are Rains Better Than Drought?updated: Thu Aug 23 2007 15:00:00

It depends on where you are, but for many drought-stricken farmers, the Midwest rains are alleviating a bad summer for soybean and corn crops

Two boys arrested in connection with Georgia firesupdated: Thu May 10 2007 10:54:00

As wildfires ravaged four counties in southeastern Georgia, two boys were charged in connection with starting small fires in that region, authorities said Thursday.

Fortune: ALL THAT RAIN HAS BEEN GOOD FOR MOST FARMERS -- AND EVERY SHOPPERupdated: Mon Sep 11 1989 00:01:00

No Easterner who has tried to plan a picnic lately or to get in two days in a row at the beach needs to be told the drought is over. But while soggy weather has dampened weekends, it's been pretty ...

Fortune: THE DROUGHT WILL BOOST FOOD PRICES -- AND FARMERS' INCOMESupdated: Mon Sep 12 1988 00:01:00

Yep, it's for real all right. Any lingering skepticism about the severity of the drought was dispelled when the Department of Agriculture released its crop forecasts in mid-August. Consumers are al...

Fortune: WAKE ME UP AT THE CLOSING BELLupdated: Mon Sep 12 1988 00:01:00

Summertime securities trading is typically slow, but the doldrums have becalmed Wall Street even more than usual this year. In July and early August * the average weekly volume on the New York Stoc...

Fortune: THE DROUGHT'S BIG WINNERSupdated: Mon Aug 29 1988 00:01:00

Never mind the wilting crops and suffering farmers -- awful weather can be great news when the weather is your business. Although they are loath to admit it, forecasters do best during periods of e...

Fortune: GOOD NEWS FOR BRAZIL, BAD NEWS AT THE SUPERupdated: Mon Aug 01 1988 00:01:00

The consequences of the drought of 1988 begin with the pain of individuals; eventually the effects will spread around the globe. Still, this isn't the end of the world, even for most farmers. As a ...

Fortune: RECESSION? DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH Expansions do not just die of old age, and FORTUNE's economists see no sign before 1990 of theupdated: Mon Jul 18 1988 00:01:00

SO YOU THINK a recession is bound to come before the end of next year. The expansion is aging -- it's so ancient it's creaking, you say. Well, think again. We're here to tell you it still has a way...

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