USDA Will Provide Drought Assistance To Maryland Farmers | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

USDA Will Provide Drought Assistance To Maryland Farmers

Play associated audio
Farmers will receive aid from the USDA for losses due to the drought this summer.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29388462@N06/
Farmers will receive aid from the USDA for losses due to the drought this summer.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved assistance for Maryland farmers who lost 30 percent or more of their crops due to drought this summer. The help includes emergency loans and other assistance.

The aid applies to 22 Maryland counties for losses that occurred between June 1 and Aug. 31. Baltimore City and Harford County, which border the affected counties, also qualify for aid.

Governor Martin O'Malley says he hopes the aid will provide relief to the farmers who need it and help them prepare for the upcoming growing season.

NPR

If Robots 'Speak,' Will We Listen? Novel Imagines A Future Changed By AI

As artificial intelligence alters human connection, Louisa Hall's characters wrestle with whether machines can truly feel. Some "feel they have to stand up for a robot's right to exist," Hall says.
NPR

Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.
NPR

A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

When the U.S. reopens its embassy in Havana, it will increase its staff. That should mean more help for American businesses hoping to gain a foothold on the Communist island.
NPR

In A Twist, Tech Companies Are Outsourcing Computer Work To ... Humans

A new trend is sweeping the tech world: hiring real people. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Wired reporter Julia Greenberg about why tech giants are learning to trust human instinct instead of algorithms.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.