Drought could affect pocketbooks

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

MARLBORO, MD (KKCO) With corn and other crops withering and dying in the heat, food prices are expected to shoot up. The Department of Agriculture says meat prices will also rise significantly, with the consumer price index for beef and veal expected to gain between 3 1/2% and 4 1/2% this year. Poultry, corn and soybean prices are also on the rise.

"You just have to adjust. The economy's going up, and the pay is going down. We just have to do the best we can to get through the hard times, but most of all, as my mother would always say, 'put something away for a rainy day," said one consumer. "You have to cut someplace else. That's something that we're going to have to sit down as a family and figure that out; so, again, it's truly a concern," says another.

Consumers can also expect to pay more for eggs, cheese and milk.
The USDA has declared more than 1,300 counties across 31 states as disaster areas this year.

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  • by Just an excuse on Jul 28, 2012 at 09:41 PM
    Yeah, I'm sure its the drought that is causingthat to happen. Especially with all the irrigation you see as you drive through the midwest.Just sounds like another excuse to me
  • by Duh on Jul 28, 2012 at 09:17 PM
    But we're still spending our tax dollars to turn good corn into ethanol that we really don't need. Who needs food when you can be "green"?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2012 at 07:48 AM in reply to Duh
      If we are hellbent on ethanol, then sawgrass is a better feedstock for ethanol.
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        by Duh on Jul 29, 2012 at 01:38 PM in reply to
        Free market. If corn or sawgrass (better choice) are a good idea, then they'd be profitable to produce. Get the stupid government out of the game. (Too many bureaucrats results in too much interference with society. Eliminate the bureaucrats and things run much better. )
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