The Changing Landscape of National-Scale Droughts

Wallander, Steven and Jennifer Ifft

from ARE Update Vol. 16, No. 2, Nov/Dec, 2012

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The 2012 drought is meteorologically similar other national droughts of the past century. This year, however, a variety of factors—such as crop insurance, strong commodity demand, greater conservation tillage, and improved crop genetics—helped to reduce the negative impacts.


agricultural policy, climate change, crop losses, yield losses, 2012


Wallander, Steven and Jennifer Ifft. 2012. "The Changing Landscape of National-Scale Droughts." ARE Update 16(2): 8-10. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.