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Budget woes will hamper wildfire prevention: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shrinking budgets mean fewer firefighters will be available this summer even as unusually dry weather has increased the risk of fire in much of the U.S. West, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warned on Monday.Full story

Meat inspector layoffs a misguided way to cut budget: lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The threatened layoff of all U.S. meat inspectors for two weeks is a misguided way to cut federal spending and flouts the government's responsibility to assure a reliable food supply, a key lawmaker said on Wednesday. Full story

Stalled farm bill may mean soaring milk prices

Come Jan. 1, there is a threat that milk prices could rise to $6 to $8 a gallon if Congress does not pass a new farm bill that amends farm policy dating back to the Truman presidency. Full story

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  Grain Prices Skyrocket

More than half of Indiana is now suffering from drought conditions, with CNBC's Jane Wells and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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Tom Vilsack speaks about the drought in Washington
Tom Vilsack speaks about the drought in Washington

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack speaks about the drought during a press briefing at the White House in Washington July 18, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque