A new report from the United States Department of Agriculture shows the ongoing drought has caused the nation's cattle herd to shrink by more than 2 million head so far this year.
Analysts project the dry weather will impact prices in the checkout aisle.
Today, we have two reports on the effects of the 2012 drought. In this combined feature, Adam Allington takes a look at the region's corn farmers.
But first, St. Louis Public Radio's Tim Lloyd reports on the agonizing choices faced by Missouri cattle ranchers.
More money is being put into an emergency program to aid farmers and ranchers battling water shortages in Missouri.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) has added $5 million to the $2 million set aside for crop and livestock producers who want to drill new wells or deepen existing ones during the ongoing drought. More than 600 applications have been sent in since the program’s announcement on Tuesday.
Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 3:30 pm
A fierce drought has been scorching crops this summer, but it's still too soon to know exactly how much of a hole it will burn in your wallet.
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