September 2, 2014

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Drought underscores need for long-term conservation planning

This summer,  Kentucky has been hit hard by a severe drought, with serious impacts on crop production across the state.

But it’s not just in our state. According to the National Climatic Data Center, this is the largest area of drought since the 1950s, with 55-percent of the country in at least moderate short-term drought in June. As a result, authorities have already declared more than 1,000 counties in 26 states as natural disaster areas. This is nearly two-thirds of the land in the lower 48 states.