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Recent drought and flooding devastation across the United States

By Elizabeth Poisson Poultry Times staff epoisson@poultrytimes.com AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File A sign about saving water is posted on browning grass outside the California state capitol in Sacramento, Calif., in July, in this Associated Press file photo. California's water use dropped more than 10 percent in July compared to two years ago, state officials said on Sept. 7.

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — The western United States has been experiencing the worst drought it has seen in decades. Also, the states of Mississippi and Kentucky have recently seen serious flooding.

The United States Drought Monitor classifies droughts in a particular part of the country by soil moisture, streamflow and precipitation levels. The USDA says determining a drought depends on historical weather patterns around the country like the Midwest or the East Coast. There are many regions across the United States that depend on rainfall for their agricultural production, a drought hurts the crop and livestock harvests.

Droughts also hurt the productivity. . .

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