Drought forces farmers to scale back and others to fold as economists warn of price hikes
Farmers warn of price hikes, forced to sell off cattle following another year of drought
Some farmers in the West have been forced to sell of cattle, while others have been forced to shut down operations completely.
Recent extreme temperatures in California and years of prolonged drought has created a bone-dry landscape in states across the country, ravaging crops and causing them to die off. Some farmers and economists are now warning that consumers are going to soon see price hikes for certain items and less food on store shelves.
With nearly half of the western region of the U.S. experiencing severe drought conditions, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center, and almost every area now classified as abnormally dry, some farmers are planting less while some ranchers are having to sell off cattle early and purchase less.
"You can’t all of a sudden cut your income in half, especially when most of your costs continue to stay there and continue to do that year over year," rancher Stan Van Vleck said.