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Impact of Midwest farmers hits far and wide

Published 03/16/2012, McClatchy Newspapers

Although Jimmy Thomas’ 2,500-acre family farm near Roxboro, north of Durham, N.C., is hundreds of miles from the fertile soil of the Midwest, he is acutely aware of what farmers there are up to this year. With prices for commodities such as corn, soybeans and wheat at historic highs, U.S. farmers are expected to plant the most acres this year than they have in a generation. Farmers in the Midwest, where the bulk of those crops are grown, are being particularly aggressive.

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