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5:52 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

All of Indiana Under Water Shortage Warning

Photo courtesy of USDA

Information for this story also came from the Associated Press

Indiana officials have issued a water shortage warning for all 92 counties in the Hoosier state, asking local governments, businesses and residents to voluntary conserve as much water as possible.

Facilties that draw more than 100,000 gallons of water each day are being asked to curb consumption by 10 to 15 percent.

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Local News
6:31 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Farmers Welcome Federal Drought Aid

Federal aid is available for farmers in 1,016 drought-stricken counties across 26 states.

A federal disaster declaration will allow the farmers to apply for low-interest loans and it will reduce the penalties for grazing livestock on land set aside for conservation.

Farmers across the country have been hard-hit by the hot and dry weather that has persisted in many parts of the country since the growing season began.

As WFPL reported on Monday:

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7:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Drought Endangers Corn Crops, Could Raise Food Prices

Despite scattered thunderstorms during the past week, parts of Indiana and Kentucky remain in a drought. That condition is hitting corn and soybean farmers particularly hard.

Half of Indiana’s and nearly half of Kentucky’s corn crop are in jeopardy, rated as “poor” or “very poor” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says once a crop is rated “very poor,” there’s not much that can be salvaged.

“Probably getting close to virtually gone. Very little yield potential left in that corn,” he said.

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10:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Water Shortage Watch Announced for Twenty-Seven Kentucky Counties

Kentucky officials have declared a water shortage watch for 27 counties, mostly in central and western parts of the state.

Nearly all of the state outside of Jefferson and nearby counties is in some degree of drought. Many have been classified as abnormally dry, but central and northern Kentucky are in a level one drought, and the entire western part of the state is in a level two drought. That means in some places, water is becoming scarce.

The state issues water shortage watches when drought conditions could possibly threaten the availability of drinking water supplies.

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4:59 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Drought Worsening In Kentucky, Indiana

File photo from National Drought Mitigation Center

With information from Kentucky Public Radio's Stu Johnson and the Associated Press

Kentucky officials say drought conditions exist in three-fourths of the state and the dry spell has become severe in parts of western Kentucky, where farmers are at risk of low yields or no crops at all.   

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