Christine Romans on how high price of corn and historic drought has led to a renewed debate over ethanol.
Alison Kosik on the government's plan to buy excess meat from farmers hit by high feed prices.
The White House announced $30 million in new drought aid for individuals and businesses yesterday but President Obama doesn't think that will be enough.
The president is pleading with Congress to step up relief for U.S. farmers suffering through the historic drought by passing a $500 billion farm bill.
Experts are now saying that this drought could bring the smallest corn crop in six years, driving up food prices for people all over the world as a result.
CNN's Alexandra Steele explains how long the drought is expected to persist and discusses the effect the conditions are having on farmers and ranchers on Early Start this morning.
Its the worst drought in 50 years. In Iowa, the US's largest producer of corn and soybeans, farmers are watching crops struggling in the field saying they don't know what to expect when it's harvest time in a few months.
CNN's Christine Romans has been walking the rows of corn and talking to farmers in the Hawkeye state. She reports this morning from Le Claire, Iowa on how farmers are planning for crops next year despite a harvest they expect will be devastated by drought.
In this second video, Christine talks to one farmer who is turning his drought-ravaged corn fields into feed for livestock.
As half the nation suffers through the worst drought in 50 years, its toll is being felt especially hard by US farmers.
More than 90% of the country's corn crops are in drought-ravaged areas and the price of corn is up more than 50% in the last 6 weeks – hitting an all time record on Monday.
This morning on "Early Start," Christine Romans reports live from Davenport, Iowa where she's talking to local farmers about how the drought will continue to affect food prices.
This morning, more than 60% of the US is now dealing with extreme drought conditions that are showing no signs of letting up.
Officials say close to 1300 counties - 1/3 of the counties in the entire country - have now been labeled disaster areas. The Obama Administration is now asking Congress for drought relief help and to pass a $500 billion farm bill.
Right now, crucial farm crops are withering away, suffocating under the blistering heat and threatening to drive up prices on food and fuel for the entire nation. Soybean prices have already surpassed record highs and corn prices are next. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says increases in consumer costs could come later this year and next year.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Rob Marciano is live in Indianapolis at the heart of the drought, and he talks to a dairy farmer who says the drought threatens his ability to feed his cows and will push prices up.
Rob Marciano talks with Brian and John Scott on how their corn fields are faring through a record drought.
Christine Romans explains how drought conditions will affect crop prices and push food prices up.
From CNN's This Just In blog:
With more than half the country in some state of drought, farmers are feeling the impact on their livelihood and consumers could expect to feel a hit in their wallet when they go to the supermarket soon, experts say.
The U.S. is facing the largest drought since the 1950s, the National Climatic Data Center reported Monday, saying that about 55% of the country was in at least moderate short-term drought in June for the first time since December 1956, when 58% of the country was in a moderate to extreme drought.
The hot, dry weather in June, which ranked as the third-driest month nationally in at least 118 years, according to the center, made the problem worse.
This morning on "Early Start," Alexandra Steele reports on the record-breaking drought across the US, and when farmers could see relief.
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