"US Government Paid $17 Billion for Weather-Withered Crops Last Year"

"Desiccated corn and sun-scorched soybeans have been in high supply lately -- and we're paying through the nose for them. The federal government forked out a record-breaking $17.3 billion last year to compensate farmers for weather-related crop losses—more than four times the annual average over the last decade."

"The losses were mostly caused by droughts, high temperatures, and hot winds -- the sizzling harbingers of a climate in rapid flux."

John Upton reports for Grist/Climate Desk August 28, 2013.

Source: Grist, 09/02/2013