On Thursday, Aug. 23, The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation and the American Farm Bureau Federation will be asking Americans to remember the many individuals and families facing severe struggles due to this year's devastating drought. Suggestions for a National Day of Prayer for Drought Victims have come from a number of people throughout farm country as a way to support people facing challenges related to the ongoing drought.
"The worst drought in over 50 years has affected our fellow farmers and ranchers across the country. They are suffering and many may not recover from this disaster," said MFBF President Randy Knight. "We urge all Mississippians to take a few moments to say a prayer for these hard working men and women who provide the food and fiber that our country depends on every day."
"There is hardly a person involved in agriculture this year who has not been adversely affected by the drought of 2012," said AFBF President Bob Stallman. "And while many farm and ranch families are feeling the effects immediately due to withered crops, parched pastures, higher feed costs, or even wildfires, the lingering effects of this drought will be felt all across our nation for many months to come.
The full effect on corn and soybeans, the nation's two biggest crops, will probably not be known until harvest. Despite recent rains, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that drought conditions will persist in the Corn Belt and the Great Plains through November. With corn and corn products being a major component of many of the foods we eat, consumers can expect food prices to climb as the crops wither in the field.