May 16, 2013 — Forecasters are predicting better rainfall for the East and Midwest, but in parts of the West, drought conditions will persist.
May 1, 2013 — Corn and soybean farmers not only survived last year's epic drought — thanks to crop insurance, they made bigger profits than they would have in a normal year, a new analysis finds. And a big chunk of those profits were provided through taxpayer subsidies.
Apr 24, 2013 — Corn production was down last year thanks to drought. This year, conditions are too cold and wet for farmers to plant the crop. Without a break in the clouds pretty soon, there may be another shortage of the crop at harvest time.
Dec 28, 2012 — The drought gripping the nation's midsection has made the river very hard to navigate from St. Louis to Cairo, Ill., where it meets the Ohio River. By next week, barge traffic may have to halt altogether in that section, trade groups warn.
Dec 4, 2012 — Hay prices are up sharply because of the drought across much of the nation. So hay bales sitting in fields have become hot properties. So much so, in fact, that a sheriff in Oklahoma put a GPS tracker in one bale. It helped him track down the suspects.
Oct 2, 2012 — Commentator Adam Frank argues that the bottom line on climate change is going to be our own economic bottom line. He says the economy will be the first place we are forced to really wake up to the true impact of climate change on our way of life.
Aug 23, 2012 — More than three-quarters of the land in the lower 48 states is suffering through conditions ranging from "abnormally dry" to "exceptional drought."
Aug 16, 2012 — There's been another increase in the area of the lower 48 states suffering "exceptional" drought conditions.
Jul 18, 2012 — The designation means many farmers will qualify for emergency loans. By some measures, the drought is the worst the nation's suffered in more than 50 years.
Jul 17, 2012 — "Moderate to extreme" drought conditions already exist in about 55 percent of the continental U.S. No relief is in sight. There are warnings this could be one of the 10-most expensive weather disasters in U.S. history.