US farmers under pressure and on the front lines of food inflation amid price spikes

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US farmers under pressure and on the front lines of food inflation amid price spikes

From CNN | Politics by Gabe Cohen, CNN

Just six weeks from his winter wheat harvest, Brian Brooks feels defeated.

He's staring down 4,000 acres of barren soil across his farm in southeast Colorado, dried out by a brutal drought that could soon drive food prices even higher.

Seventy-one million crop acres, from the Great Plains to the Pacific, are in a severe drought. That's 22% of the nation's crops, according to the American Farm Bureau.

US food prices keep climbing, up 9.4% from a year ago, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the US Department of Agriculture projects prices to rise at least 5%-6% throughout 2022.

On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced new measures to support US farmers.

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