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    Drought-damaged corn is seen in a field near Nickerson, Neb., Aug. 16, 2012. Dry conditions have worsened in key farming states as the worst U.S. drought in decades continues, the Associated Press reports. Farmers and ranchers have had to sell off animals to make up losses, which could drive up the price of meat.
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    An employee stands inside of a grain bin at Kahle Supply and Feed Mill Inc.'s facility in Kalida, Ohio, Aug. 9, 2012. Corn production in the U.S., the world's largest grower and exporter, will drop 13 percent to a six-year low after the hottest July since 1936 damaged Midwest fields, according to government estimates.
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    Tony Frost of Frost Farms surveys a pond in the cattle pasture that serves as the water source for his cattle that has nearly dried up, Aug. 3, 2012 in Tallula, Ill. The Plains states where the production of corn and soybeans is key are being hit harder by excessive drought conditions in the wake of the hottest month on record in the continental U.S., contributing to a surge in global food prices.
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    In this July 20 photo, pin backer Joe DeMontigny pushes cattle toward the auction floor at the Burwell Livestock Market in Burwell, Neb. A drought affecting cattlemen throughout the middle and western part of the U.S. is forcing cattlemen to sell off animals they can't graze or afford to buy feed for.
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  • Drought Turns Water Hazard Into Sand Trap

    In this July 20, 2012 photo sold cattle await their next destination at the Burwell Livestock Market in Burwell, Neb. Close to 3, 000 head of cattle were sold just on that day.
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    A field of dead corn sits next to the Lincolnland Agri-Energy ethanol plant July 25, 2012 in Palestine, Illinois. This summer's extended drought, which has scorched corn and soybean crops across the Midwest, is expected to impact the price of gasoline which, in most states, contains at least 10 percent ethanol. The price of ethanol on the Chicago Board of Trade has risen nearly 25% this year.
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    Golfers look for a ball that disappeared in a deep crack in the parched soil of the former water hazard next to the fairway on No. 7 during the Junior City Golf Tournament on July 17, 2012, at Lafayette Golf Course in Lafayette, Ind.
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    Marion Kujawa looks over what remains of a pond he uses to water the cattle on his farm, July 16, 2012 in Ashley, Ill. Kujawa has been digging the pond deeper after it began to dry up during the current drought. Illinois is experiencing the sixth driest year on record according to the state's Farm Bureau.
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    Boats sit on a dry section of the Morse Reservoir in Cicero, Ind., July 12, 2012. More than 1,000 counties in 26 states are being named natural-disaster areas, the most extensive such declaration ever by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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    A cow attempts to graze in a dry pasture southwest of Hays, Kansas, July 6, 2012.
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    A dry field of corn near Fremont, Neb., July 16, 2012. The National Climactic Data Center says 55 percent of the continental U.S. is in a moderate to extreme drought.
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    Corn stalks struggling from lack of rain litter the ground on July 16, 2012 in Farmingdale, Ill., as a heat wave covers most of the country.
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    Farmer Joe Fischer holds ears of corn showing the various stages of kernel development, July 12, 2012, at Fischer Farms Inc., in Owensboro, Ky. Normally the silks would already be brown, Fischer said.
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    Brothers, Rodney, left, and Rich Byars, of Geff, Ill., walk what was once 40 acres of corn rows. Only four rows have been left standing after the men moved the field down because of extreme heat and little rain.
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    Dry, cracked ground on the banks of Bonpas Creek near Grayville, Ill., July 12, 2012.
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    Marion Kujawa feeds corn to his cattle, July 16, 2012 near Ashley, Ill. The lack of affordable hay and corn in the drought-stricken region has led many farmers in the Midwest to sell off their cattle.
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