Daily Digest: Drought worsens

by Jill Jensen

Here's your Daily Digest for Sept. 6, 2012:

Minnesota's drought is spreading.

Almost 63 percent of the state is rated as abnormally dry–an increase of about 9 percentage points since last week, according to the Associated Press.

Parts of southern Minnesota are now covered in drought considered extreme, while the area including the University of Minnesota transitioned from a normal rating to an "abnormally dry" classification, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor from Sept. 4.

Congress recessed in August without taking action on the Farm Bill, a piece of legislation that could provide additional drought assistance to farmers, according to a past Minnesota Daily article. The current bill expires Sept. 30.