(By Bryce Anderson from DTN Progressive Farmer)EXCERPT: Drought rivals hurricanes as inflicting the most expensive damage from natural disasters. However, drought usually receives less attention, because it is not as spectacular. Correcting that perception -- and helping make sure that drought's impact is fully quantified -- is the focus of the U.S. Drought Monitor. For the past 10 years, the Drought Monitor has showcased the weekly ebb and flow of drought and its effects on all areas of the U.S.
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