Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West

EADS, CO - AUGUST 22: Cattlemen check livestock for hoof rot on a ranch on August 22, 2012 near Eads, Colorado. Many cattle, due to the high summer temperatures, have contracted the ailment while standing in mudholes to keep cool. Most of the high plains areas of eastern Colorado and virtually all of Nebraska and Kansas are still in extreme or exceptional drought, despite recent lower temperatures, according to the University of Nebraska's Drought Monitor. The record-breaking drought, which has affected more than half of the continental United States, is expected to drive up food prices by 2013 due to lower crop harvests and the adverse effect on the nation's cattle industry. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West