NASA and the USDA are working together to monitor the soil moisture in crop fields. With the droughts that have been affecting the world over the past few years, they've begun to use NASA satellites to monitor the soil moisture which can then be used to forecast the crops that will be produced that year. Food reserves across the world are at abnormally low levels, which most affects poor nations. Texas also lost $1.1 billion in 2008 due to a lower crop yield. Read the full level here.
NASA innovating to help crop forecasting