Report examines the immediate and long-term impacts of the 2012 drought

Forty-two of Iowa's 99 counties are considered drought disaster areas. The sharp reduction of the state's water supply has obvious direct impacts on agricultural productivity, commericial activitites requiring water, and public goods that are water-based. In addition to these direct effects, the drought will also have long-term "ripple effects" on the economy and the environment. In the report "Anticipating Economic Impacts of the 2012 Drought in Iowa," ISU economists Dave Swenson and Liesl Eathington examine both the primary and secondary effects of the drought and the potential consequences for Iowa. Click here to download the report as a PDF.


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