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Possible Mississippi River Shutdown Threatens Thousands of Jobs

A nationwide drought, the worst to hit the U.S. in decades, has lowered water levels along the Mississippi River, threatening barge traffic.

11/30/2012

Delbert Craig, center, and his wife Margie, rear, listen as Karis Gutter, right, of the United States Department of Agriculture speaks before a tour of a Craig's drought-stricken farm on July 26, 2012 in Goreville, Ill. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

More Than Half Of All US Counties Considered Disaster Areas Due To Drought

Nearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added Wednesday to the U.S. government’s list of natural disaster areas as the nation’s agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat.

08/02/2012

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Missouri and Utah Get Largest Share of Disaster Money

Together taking in $109 million, or more than one-third of the $308 million in aid from Department of Agriculture.

01/18/2012

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack encourages an audience of agriculture leaders from Missouri to focus on trade opportunities outside of their borders and also stresses the importance of the passage of Korean the Trade Agreement during a visit to the ADM grain elevator in St. Louis on March 28, 2011.     UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Vilsack Pushes Korean Trade Pact in St. Louis

He’s hopeful Congress will ratify the South Korea trade agreement by July 1.

03/28/2011