Drought http://apr.org en SBA Offering Disaster Loans Due To Alabama Drought http://apr.org/post/sba-offering-disaster-loans-due-alabama-drought Federal officials say disaster loans are available to small businesses and other organizations as a result of drought in Alabama. The U.S. Small Business Administration said in a statement that economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations in Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, DeKalb and Etowah counties. The loans are available for drought conditions that occurred between July 3 and Aug. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 20:52:36 +0000 The Associated Press 17326 at http://apr.org SBA Offering Disaster Loans Due To Alabama Drought Drought Affects Large Swaths Of U.S. http://apr.org/post/drought-affects-large-swaths-us Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Colorado has been at the center of another devastating story in recent days -the worst wildfires in its history. Those fires are just one consequence of record heat in a drought that has spread across the Rockies and the Midwest. Local news is filled with pictures of farmers gripping shriveled ears of corn and boats marooned in empty reservoirs. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:37:00 +0000 National Public Radio 14881 at http://apr.org Interactive: Mapping The U.S. Drought http://apr.org/post/interactive-mapping-us-drought Texas experienced its <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/drought/" target="_blank">worst drought on record</a> last year. Now that the state is seeing some relief, drought conditions have consumed more than half the United States. Use this interactive map and chart to see how conditions have changed over time. Related story: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/07/18/156981232/drought-disasters-declared-in-more-counties-1-297-affected-so-far">1,200 counties affected</a>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:28:00 +0000 editor 14799 at http://apr.org Interactive: Mapping The U.S. Drought Nearly Half of Alabama Declared Drought Emergency http://apr.org/post/nearly-half-alabama-declared-drought-emergency <p><font face="Arial">The U.S. secretary of agriculture has declared a drought emergency in about half of Alabama&#39;s counties.</font></p><p><font face="Arial">Gov. Robert Bentley and state Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan said the declaration by Secretary Thomas Vilsack makes farmers in 33 counties eligible for low-interest federal loans.</font></p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:26:45 +0000 Associated Press 14573 at http://apr.org Nearly Half of Alabama Declared Drought Emergency More rain headed toward Alabama http://apr.org/post/more-rain-headed-toward-alabama <p><font face="Arial">Forecasters say more storms are headed toward Alabama, but still more rain is needed to break a worsening drought.</font></p><p><font face="Arial">The National Weather Service says there&#39;s a good chance of precipitation statewide on Thursday. The Tennessee Valley counties in north Alabama could get 1 or 2 inches of rain with gusty winds, and high temperatures will top out around 80 degrees.</font></p><p><font face="Arial">There&#39;s an 80 percent chance of rain in central Alabama, and a 60 percent chance on the coast.</font></p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:18:37 +0000 Associated Press 14485 at http://apr.org More rain headed toward Alabama