Food and Farm Corn Shortage

November 23, 2011 - 4:20 AM
FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2004 file photo ground corn that will be used to feed cattle is compacted into a silo at the Haw Ranch Feedlot north of Turon, Kan. The amount of corn consumed by the ethanol industry combined with continued demand from overseas has cattle and hog farmers worried that if corn production drops due to drought or another natural disaster, the cost of feed could skyrocket, leaving them little choice but to reduce the size of their herds. A smaller supply could, in turn, mean higher meat prices and less selection at the grocery store. (AP Photo/The Hutchinson News, Sandra Milburn, File)