Thursday, July 26, 2012

Drought diminishes mighty Mississippi, puts heat on Congress

The severe drought in the U.S. Midwest wreaked more havoc across the country on Thursday, forcing barges on the Mississippi River to lighten loads for fear of getting stuck and raising more concerns about higher prices for food and gasoline.

Damage to crops in the most extensive drought in five decades and the pressure of the November elections sparked some action in the Congress to bring relief to farmers and make progress on a generous farm bill.

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