Farmer: 'If you eat, this drought will affect you'
July 23rd, 2012
12:30 PM ET
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Editor's note: Chris Chinn is a family farmer in Missouri. She adapted this essay from her blog.

(CNN) - The drought of 2012 will be one that farmers and ranchers remember for years to come. My husband, Kevin, and I are fifth-generation farmers. This is the first drought we have experienced since we were married and started farming together in 1995.

Our farm, like most other U.S. farms, is really suffering right now and in desperate need of rain. The media have pegged it right: it definitely is the worst drought of our generation.

Kevin and I own and raise hogs, cattle, corn, soybeans and alfalfa hay on our farm. Typically, we don't have a lot of crops to farm, but this year we decided to rent an extra 200 acres for that purpose, doubling our row-crop acreage. We were able to purchase crop insurance for most of our crops, but unfortunately that alone will not help make our farm or equipment payments to the bank since most of our crops are ruined.

Read the full story: Why the drought affects me - and you

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Filed under: Business and Farming News • Disaster • Drought • Environment • Farms • Heat • News

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  1. u.s.slave

    Quick run outside,that river ur crying is sure to help. I got a 1/2 acre in city and board says no farm animals for me not even chickens! They force me to labor to pay u and them only.hell they limit garden size then say that im not allowed to water it. Force me to ride bus or car. If i was free i think id get a team of 4or6 goats and train them to pull a wagon.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:10 am |
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