The disciples asked Jesus about the “last days”. “Tell us when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all of these things will be fulfilled. And Jesus answering them gave many signs but one was:
“And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles . These are the beginnings of sorrows.” Luke 13:8
Wheat growers across northern NSW and southern Queensland are facing their fourth year without a crop.
And with no decent rain on the horizon, not knowing when the nightmare will end is one of the most distressing things, grain grower John Eastburn says.
For things to turn around they need three or four falls of 100 mm over several months, and even if that came they couldn’t seed until next March and face the prospect of no income until December 2019.
‘Even if the rain comes they can still see there is no income — there is a lot of outgoing but no incoming until the end of next year which is probably the most distressing part,’ Mr Eastburn told reporters in Canberra on Monday.
Derek Schoen, who has a property at Corowa, says farmers aren’t at the end of the drought, they’re in the middle, with no end in sight. ‘One of the biggest problems with the drought is it sneaks up on you and then you’re on this treadmill that you can’t get off,’ he said.
The Turnbull government has announced a new $190 million package of household assistance, to help property owners with day to day bills like vehicle registration and school fees.
The worst agricultural disaster in modern American history – 04/2019
Worst flooding damage in our state’s history: Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, R-Neb
According to Agriculture Secretary Sunny Purdue, there “may be as many as a million calves lost in Nebraska” due to the catastrophic flooding that has hit the state. This is not a rumour, this is not an exaggeration, and this is not based on any sort of speculation. This number comes to us directly from the top agriculture official in the entire country, and it means that the economic toll from the recent floods is far greater than most of us had anticipated. You can watch Purdue make this quote on Fox Business right here, and it is important to remember that this number is just for one state. It is hard to imagine what the final numbers will look like when the livestock losses for all of the states affected by the flooding are tallied up. This is already the worst agricultural disaster in modern American history, and the National Weather Service is telling us that there will be more catastrophic flooding throughout the middle portion of the nation for the next two months.