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Some regions of the U.S. seem to experience drought more often and more severely. Farmers in more drought-prone regions are changing the mix of crops they grow, as well as their production practices, and production might be redistributed across regions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) has looked at potential impacts including how some regions will be impacted through commodity price changes resulting from climate-driven crop acreage changes farmers make in other regions. Through production decisions, financial decisions, and even USDA program participation decisions, farmers in more drought-prone regions have adapted to some extent, to their higher exposure to drought risk. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

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Taken on June 11, 2013