I came across this picture via the Texas Corn Producers. At first I thought it was a bunch of cows (leave it to me), but then realized that it was a comparison of drought maps from years gone by. What it shows is staggering.
You can’t help but notice 1934. Imagine going through that. No doubt that the “Dust Bowl” was an extreme situation. Many initiatives were put in place in the Farm Bill back then that continue today.
It is now a fact that this summer is more drought-stricken than 1954 and this year’s conditions seem to make 1988 look like a walk in the park from the national perspective.
Will your grocery bill go up? Yes.
Will gas prices rise? Yes.
Will some question ethanol’s role in gobbling up the nation’s corn crop? Yes.
Will there be enough funding to pay out crop insurance? Not sure.
Will our government get a new Farm Bill passed before the law reverts back to the 1949 agreement? Time will only tell.
Will America’s farmers fight through the dust, bureaucracy, scrutiny and politics to continue to produce the world’s safest food at a rate capable of feeding a growing population for years to come? You better believe it!