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        Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West | Agriculture and Forestry

        WILEY, CO - AUGUST 22: Farmer Jay Sneller displays an ear from a drought-ravaged corn crop on August 22, 2012 in Wiley, Colorado. He cut the crop down to grind up and sell as livestock feed. More than 50 percent of high plains areas of eastern Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas are still in extreme or exceptional drought, despite recent lower temperatures, according to the University of Nebraska's Drought Monitor. The record-breaking drought, which has affected more than half of the continental United States, is expected to drive up food prices by 2013, due to lower crop harvests and the adverse effect on the nation's cattle industry.

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