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2012 Drought: The Lingering Impact on Livestock

Most of the attention concerning the drought this summer was on dry soil and shrinking crop yields. Meanwhile, livestock producers may have been the hardest hit of all.

2012 Drought: Why the Midwest Matters

With this year’s drought severely diminishing the expected output for corn, wheat and soybeans from the Midwestern United States, the effects on the world food chain could start to show.

Gauging The Effects of the 2012 Drought

One of the worst U.S. droughts in 50 years is striking the Midwest, withering crops in their fields and sending corn and soybean futures to all-time record price highs.