North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry Conditions Expand
With our recent June-like temperatures, it’s no surprise that this week’s drought monitor for North Carolina shows the state’s drought conditions not only expanding, but intensifying. Last week just shy of 36% of the state was in abnormally dry conditions, this week the figure is over 42%, and now more than 10% of the state is in the second phase of drought; moderate. The moderate drought conditions are in the northern central Piedmont from Harnett and Lee Counties to the Virginia border. The area of abnormally dry conditions expanded east to Martin and Washington Counties to the Virginia border. The mountain region and the southern Coastal Plain are drought free.
Abnormally Dry Conditions Show Up in South Carolina
For the first time in three months, this week’s drought monitor, released by the Drought Mitigation Center, shows South Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions going from zero last week to just under 32% this week. The area of abnormally dry conditions encompasses the western Midlands and part of the Upstate from Chesterfield County in the east to southern Greenville County in the west, and from Aiken County in the south to the North Carolina border. The Coastal Plain, the Low Country and the remainder of the Midlands and the Upstate are drought free.
Britain Could Join NAFTA If Brexit Deal Fails
If the North American Free Trade Agreement survives the renegotiation effort, The United Kingdom may be interested in joining the pact. Reuters-London reports Britain could join a formal trade alliance with the United States, Canada and Mexico if the European Union refuses to finalize a post-Brexit trade deal by 2019. Reuters says that if Britain did join NAFTA, exporters to the EU and North America would have to produce goods in accordance with the two separate sets of rules, according to trade analysts. Britain, whose regulation has been within the EU for over 40 years, would also have to shift towards the North American model for trade. That comes as the BBC reports the profitability of the average U.K. farm could be cut in half after Brexit. In 2014, the U.K. was reported to rely on the EU for 27 percent of its food imports. Just four percent of food items in the U.K. originated from North America, and 54 percent of food consumed in the U.K., originated in the U.K.