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July 19, 2012
Area farmers look at the ongoing lack of rain — mild here, severe in the Midwest — with concern, but how much concern depends on what they're growing.

To dairy farmer Paul Miller of Woodstock, Conn., the impact is already being felt in feed costs, which "have gone up a third to 50 percent already" because of the decimation of corn and soy crops out West. Costs for soy, he said, started about $400 a ton, are now about $600, "and they're predicted it'd get to $800."

"It's going to have a domino effect and push the prices of food up," he noted.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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