Unfortunate Effects of Drought on Farmers
This summer, America experienced its worst drought its had in decades which has resulted in severe hardship on farmers and their families. The drought combined with the absence of a new farm bill is causing great anxiety in rural America.
They have canceled vacations. Their children are forgoing out-of-state colleges for cheaper ones close to home. They are delaying doctor’s visits, selling off land handed down through generations and resisting luxuries like new smartphones. And then there is the stress — sleepless nights, grumpiness and, in one extreme case, seizures. Lost amid the withered crops, dehydrated cattle and depleted ponds that have come to symbolize the country’s most widespread drought in decades has been the toll on families whose livelihoods depend on farming.