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U.S. Crops in Drought for Sept. 2015: Entrenched drought affecting rangeland and pastures in WA, OR, CA

Oct 1, 2015
During the four-week period ending on Sept. 29, 2015, contiguous U.S. drought coverage increased to 31.36 percent—an increase of nearly one (0.93) percentage point. By Sept. 29, Washington led the nation with 75 percent of its rangeland and pastures rated very poor to poor, followed by Oregon (67 percent) and California (65 percent).
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Poll: Rural Nebraskans ready to act on climate change

Sep 15, 2015
Tonya Haigh, NDMC rural sociologist, served as a liaison between climate researchers and polling experts, to incorporate questions related to climate and to energy in the 2015 Nebraska Rural Poll. It found that many rural Nebraskans are concerned about potential weather problems in their area and most believe the state should develop a plan for adapting to climate change to reduce its impact on agriculture, communities and natural resources. Forty-eight percent of rural Nebraskans are concerned or very concerned about more severe droughts or longer dry periods in their area. Fourty-one percent are concerned about insect-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and 39 percent are concerned about more extreme summer temperatures.
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August 2015 Drought & Impact Summary details effects on Western wildlife, wildfire, ag, and more

Sep 15, 2015

Drought in the Western region expanded and intensified in August. Prospects for a “Super-El Niño” raised hopes for an end to the drought, though many scientists and officials warned that an El Niño year is no guarantee of a wet winter, let alone enough precipitation to end a four-year drought. California agriculture managed to have good years in 2013 and 2014 despite the drought, due in large part to groundwater pumping and high-dollar crops, though agricultural jobs were fewer. The populations of many native fish and trees were dwindling.

Read the full August 2015 Drought & Impact Summary

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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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3310 Holdrege Street
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Lincoln, NE 68583–0988

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