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Dry Midwest means higher food prices in Arizona

Dry Midwest means higher food prices in Arizona

CREATED Jul 23, 2012

Reporter: Aaron Brackett

TUCSON ( KGUN9-TV) - Shoppers beware, you might have to spend even more on your next trip to the grocery store. While its been wet in southern Arizona, the heartland of  the US is seeing record drought, drying up our food supply.

Brent Harrison's company distributes locally grown fruit and veggies. He says Arizona crops will help fill in what the midwest cannot produce.

"We have seen weather issues in other areas such as the Midwest, said Harrison. "This has put a lot of pressure on our product. They are suffering, they don't have the product, and they are looking elsewhere."

Arizona farmers just can't grow some crops, like the corn used in chicken feed.  That leaves store owners paying high prices, and passing them on to you.

"It will hurt us eventually, and its already started with eggs," said Rincon Market owner John Abbott. "We were told we would see a 4 to 6 dollar increase in the price of a case."

One shopper says higher grocery prices comes at a particularly bad time.

"I already know whats happening because I am unemployed right now, said Diane Senders. Prices are going up."
It's not just veggies and eggs. It could soon cost more to put meat on your table.

"Meat prices are already high right now, if they go any higher, I don't know whats going to happen, said Abbott. "They are at all time highs and I have been butchering for about 5 years now, its probably the all time high I have seen."