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USDA declares most of Oklahoma an agricultural disaster

August 2, 2011 by  

Oklahoma has been affected by a severe drought.The United States Department of Agriculture recently declared most of Oklahoma a disaster area.

Seventy-four of the 77 counties in the Sooner State have been labeled disaster areas due to drought and wildfires, according to The Oklahoman. The far northeastern counties of Nowata, Craig and Ottawa were not named by the USDA.

The action by the Federal agency is in response to a June 10 request by Governor Mary Fallin, who asked that disaster be declared to help the State’s farmers. Now, these farmers are eligible for Federal aid from the Farm Service Agency.

The Red Cross offers a number of tips for people who are dealing with drought. There are many small steps that can be taken to ensure that as much water is conserved as possible, such as running the dishwasher only when it is full and starting a compost pile rather than using a garbage disposal.

Other ways to conserve water during a drought include checking the house for leaks, taking shorter showers and placing a bucket in the shower to catch excess water, which can be used for watering plants.

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