For producers who depend on farming to support their families, this year’s drought has changed their way of life. Canceled vacations, selling land that has been in the family for generations and children opting for in-state colleges along with sleepless nights has taken its toll on drought-stricken producers. “You probably can’t print our mood,” said Dallis Basel, a sheep rancher in western South Dakota who sold off half of his herd because of the high feed prices caused by the drought. “It’s been kind of depressed. Like the wife says, she can’t drink enough to dull the pain of selling all the sheep.” Read more (NY Times).
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