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2012’s Midwest drought affects Floridians

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It’s the peak of tropical storm season in Florida and the state has gotten plenty of rain during the past few months. However, over the long term, the Floridan Aquifer is still shrinking and freshwater supply continues to be a major concern.  Meanwhile, much of the nation is struggling through a historic drought and economic analyst Hank Fishkind tells WMFE’s Tom Parkinson that the drought in the Midwest is impacting agriculture, and retail food prices, here in Florida.

Drought affected farmers’ crops nationwide, including those at this Missouri farm. (photo by Donna Green-Townsend/WUFT-FM)

Drought affected farmers’ crops nationwide, including those at this Missouri farm. (photo by Donna Green-Townsend/WUFT-FM)

Drought affected farmers’ crops nationwide, including those at this Missouri farm. (photo by Donna Green-Townsend/WUFT-FM)

Drought affected farmers’ crops nationwide, including those at this Missouri farm. (photo by Donna Green-Townsend/WUFT-FM)

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