It may be on the other side of the country, but the devastating drought happening in California right now could soon have a major impact on grocery budgets in Maryland.
Students in nine states and the nation’s capital are preparing to examine the legacy of the Dust Bowl and the current impact of drought on agriculture and global food security.
The governors of Delaware and Maryland are joining an effort to persuade federal officials to ease renewable fuel standards because of a severe drought that has led to a drop in corn supplies and a corresponding increase in corn prices.
The drought is cutting so deeply into Maryland crops, the governor is asking the federal government to declare 14 counties drought disaster zones.
Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski says she is among a group of senators asking the Environmental Protection Agency to relax renewable fuel standards to require less corn. Mikulski says that will help ease corn supply shortages caused by drought conditions this year.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is asking federal officials for drought aid for 13 of the state’s 23 counties.
Drying up. That’s what’s happening to a number of Maryland streams, as a new drought warning is issued for parts of the state.
As drought tightens its grip, crop loss is only the first stage. It’s what’s coming in the months ahead that will hit farmers and consumers hardest.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says drought relief aid passed by the House of Representatives comes at the expense of conservation programs.
More than half of Maryland is in a moderate drought and more than 28 percent is in a severe drought.
Worcester County has canceled a burn ban that has been in effect since the first week in July.
High temperatures and low rainfall are creating problems in many parts of Maryland, from bad crops to the threat of brush fires.