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July 18, 2012

Agriculture Secretary says he'd do a rain dance or prayer to end the drought

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak said he's on his knees every day, praying for an end to a severe drought across the Midwest that threatens to devastate small farmers -- and hike food prices.

"I get on my knees every day. And I'm saying an extra prayer now," Vilsack told reporters after a closed door meeting at the White House with President Obama. "If I had a rain prayer or a rain dance I could do, I would do it."

Vilsack said the administration would urge Congress to increase support to farmers who are struggling with a drought that he called the most serious in 25 years.

He warned that higher feed costs because of the drought would likely boost meat and poultry prices later this year and next. But he said that prices shouldn't yet be increasing and warned consumers to be vigilant.


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