Aug 10, 2012 The U.S. drought is fueling a corn shortage that's driving up prices around the globe. And yet, federal support for corn ethanol -- a fuel additive -- means some 40 percent of U.S. corn will be turned into ethanol this year.
Aug 10, 2012 The Midwestern drought is taking its toll on the corn crop, but over the years, more and more acres have been devoted to corn.
Aug 9, 2012 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discusses what the drought will mean for farmers and food prices, and the administration's plans to try and help.
Aug 6, 2012 Out on the plains, drought is parching everything from corn to cattle. And when the prairie grass burns up, so does a business model that depends on it: ranching.
Aug 3, 2012 Even in severe drought, farmers who grow commodity crops such as corn and soybeans are significantly protected by insurance they buy from private insurers. The ultimate insurer in a disastrous year? Taxpayers.
David Martin Davies
Aug 1, 2012 Food banks across the plains are being hit with a triple whammy -- fewer donations from farmers, a decline in donations from the federal government and an uptick in demand.
Aug 1, 2012 Because of the drought, there is only one shipping lane on the Mississippi. So the barges on the river have to coordinate in a way they’ve never had to.
Jul 31, 2012 Our listeners weigh in on how the devastating drought in the Midwest has changed the way they do business.
Jul 26, 2012 Many farmers in Tennessee tend their fields without tills to cut down on erosion, but they've found that their method also helps conserve water during droughts.