Severe drought conditions plaguing more than half of the United States has developed into the largest natural disaster area in the country’s history.
The United States Department of Agriculture declared natural disasters for 26 states and more than 1,000 counties because of the extreme drought that has destroyed crops in farms throughout the nation.
The USDA’s designation provides federal financial help for farmers during the troubling time.
The declaration come as the worst drought in a quarter century tightened its grip on Midwestern states over the past week.
Sweltering temperatures and scant rainfall punished corn and soybean crops across the region, a report from climate experts said on Thursday.