Drought Threat to Food Supply Escalates
March 30, 2013 • 10:13AM

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) begins its rosy predictions about the level of plantings, especially of corn, this Spring, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor Report gives a foretaste of the disaster-in-the-making, caused by the sabotage of major water projects in the Midwestern and Western United States.

According to the latest national report, issued on Feb. 26, 54.2% of the contiguous United States was experiencing moderate to exceptional drought. This compares to 39% at the same time last year. The new states added to the drought picture are South Dakota, Montana, and Nebraska, the latter being one of the top agricultural producers in the nation.

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are quoted saying that this drought condition, early in the season, portends a year drier than the last, even if Spring and Summer rainfall and temperatures are at normal levels.

The annual spring plantings intention report, issued on March 28, gives a rather rosy picture in terms of corn, but the fragility of the forecast is extreme. Take Nebraska, the third largest producer of corn in the nation, and the most heavily irrigated state in the Union: There, at least one Natural Resources District is already being forced to limit irrigation use, for the first time since the early 1970s, due to the depletion of the aquifers.

Meanwhile, the USDA reports that stocks of corn, soybeans, oats, and grain sorghum are way down relative to March 2012.

That's the nation's food supply, folks. And without a junking of the environmentalist and monetarist policies, which have drastically degraded the potential for food production, expect it to get a lot, lot worse.