Plains Farmers Facing Impact of Drought

Farmers across the Great Plains are feeling the impact of last year’s drought, according to a US Department of Agriculture report detailing an overall decline in the number of farms.

Last year, farmers across the country found themselves trapped in the grip of the worst drought in more than fifty years. Facing record high temperatures and record low precipitation, farmers saw their fields dry up and their crops wither.

In the Midwest and the Great Plains, farmers suffered some of the worst damage, with massive crop losses (particularly corn and soybean crops).

In addition to devastating natural disasters, small farmers have seen a gradual decline in their number, as more and more agricultural production is being concentrated in the hands of large-scale agribusinesses.

The impact of these trends is being felt in states like Nebraska. According to a recent USDA report, the total number of farms in that critical agricultural state, dropping more than 1,000 since 2010.

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer