A Creighton University economist says the drought that's hit the region will "absolutely" be felt beyond the farm and will be a damper on the national economy.
Ernie Goss says his research finds the drought hitting beyond the farm field, impacting other businesses like ethanol plants and farm equipment dealers.
The latest report shows the country's Gross Domestic Product rose by one-and-a-half percent in the second quarter. A USDA report recently estimated food prices would climb five-percent because of the drought.
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