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Ongoing Drought’s Impact Will Soon Be Reflected On Grocery Shelves

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KMOX) -  It’s not just farmers.

Anyone and everyone involved in getting edibles from the field onto your dinner plate — the food chain, if you will — can expect to be hit hard as the Drought of 2012 burns on.

Dan Shaul with the Springfield-based Missouri Grocers Association pointed out that they’re still dealing with the impact last year’s drought in Texas has had on beef prices.

“There’s a lack of supply on the meat side, that’s why you’ve seen meat prices rise now,” he told KMOX News. “And we fear the same thing in 2012 and 2013 if the corn crops doesn’t survive.”

Shaul added that one factor working in consumers’ favor is competition.

“No one’s going to be able to sell (food) for that much more than the others,” he told KMOX News. “It’s surprising how many stores will go into each other’s store and do price checks…constantly.”

August and September will tell the tale for producers as they attend annual food shows to order their supplies for the fall and beyond.

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