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50% of U.S. Counties Declared Drought Disaster Zones

By: CNN
By: CNN
Source: USDA

Source: USDA

More than half of all counties in the United States have been declared natural disaster zones because of damages and loss due to drought and high temperatures.

The Department of Agriculture declared disaster zone designations for 218 counties in 12 states Wednesday. It's blaming harsh summer conditions.

The USDA says this year's harsh conditions could cause U.S. food prices to surge by as much as 4.5 percent next year.


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