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August 20th, 2012
07:08 AM ET

Ethanol debate heats up in midst of rising corn prices and drought – Christine Romans explains

Christine Romans on how high price of corn and historic drought has led to a renewed debate over ethanol.

Filed under: Drought • Ethanol
August 14th, 2012
09:40 AM ET

US buying $170 million in meat from farmers hit by high feed prices

Alison Kosik on the government's plan to buy excess meat from farmers hit by high feed prices.

Filed under: Drought • Minding Your Business
August 8th, 2012
10:32 AM ET

Over sixty percent of the U.S. suffering through drought – Alexandra Steele reports

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.

Filed under: Drought • Weather
August 1st, 2012
08:24 AM ET

Iowa farmers looking beyond drought, converting drought-scorched corn fields into feed for animals

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.

Filed under: Drought
July 31st, 2012
06:13 AM ET

Farmers continue to struggle as drought ravages crops – Christine Romans reports from Davenport, Iowa

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.

Filed under: Drought
July 19th, 2012
06:14 AM ET

Drought threatens food, fuel prices – Rob Marciano talks to a struggling dairy farmer

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.

Filed under: Drought
July 18th, 2012
11:05 AM ET

Corn farmers worried drought will worsen – Rob Marciano reports

Rob Marciano talks with Brian and John Scott on how their corn fields are faring through a record drought.

Filed under: Drought
July 18th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

How the drought will affect your wallet – Christine Romans explains

Christine Romans explains how drought conditions will affect crop prices and push food prices up.

Filed under: Drought • Minding Your Business
July 18th, 2012
09:52 AM ET

Worst drought since '50s may significantly damage crops – Alexandra Steele on whether farmers will see rain soon

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.


Filed under: Crop prices • Drought