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The corn and soybean belt in the middle of the nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than five decades. (Getty/Scott Olson)

Illinois Farmers Warn Of Transportation Costs

“We are beneficiaries of the investments that have been made decades ago,” says Soy Transportation Coalition executive director Mike Steenhoek.

10/01/2012

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Drought Leaves Missouri Cattle Ranchers Struggling

In a House Agriculture Policy Committee meeting, Missouri farmers addressed their grievances toward the recent drought.

09/12/2012

Corn plants struggle to survive in a drought-stricken farm field (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Woe And Opportunity: Tales From Historic Drought

The United States is in the midst of the worst drought in decades, and the dry weather and soaring temperatures are taking a toll on people living and working in Ohio west to California and Texas north to the Dakotas. Farmers have watched their corn wither and their cattle go hungry. Homeowners have seen their lawns turn brown and gardens wilt. Communities in the Midwest that rarely experience water shortages have enacted restrictions, and businesses are looking for ways to stay afloat as sales fall off. Here are a few of their stories:

08/11/2012

Severe Drought Threatens Midwest Corn Crops

Tough Year for Illinois Farmers

Brad Schwab, with the Illinois field office of the USDA says the results are, as you can expect, terrible.

07/31/2012

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Farmers Ready To Hear Governor’s Drought Plan

Almost a third of the nation’s corn crop has been damaged by heat and drought.

07/15/2012

CANADIAN, TX - Cattle rest at a watering hole in a pasture July 28, 2011 near Canadian, Texas. A severe drought has caused shortages of grass, hay and water, in much of the state, forcing ranchers to thin their herds or risk losing their cattle to the drought. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as exceptional drought, the worst level. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Nitrate-Laden Plants Pose Threat to Cattle

Ag officials warn cattle grazing on some drought-stressed plants are at risk of falling ill or even dying.

07/13/2012

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Illinois Farmers Watching the Sky for Rain

Much of the corn crop could be past the point of no return, says Mark Schleusener with the USDA..

07/03/2012

Hands of Monsanto biotechnology scientist using instrument to handle genetically altered plant seedlings, which will grow into insect-resistant plants, in petri dish at lab (Photo by Michael L. Abramson//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Monsanto Profits Soar

Monsanto says its fiscal third-quarter net income soared 35 percent.

06/27/2012

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South and Midwest Farmers Faceoff

The half-trillion-dollar bill setting farm policy into the future outlines dramatic changes in how farmers are protected from financial and natural disasters.

06/13/2012

Lack of Rain Impacting Crops

Despite the lack of rain, Southern Illinois’ corn is the tallest in the state.

06/05/2012

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