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Drought in US bakes cattle and crops

3 August 2012 Last updated at 23:28 BST

The US is in the grips of its worst drought in more than half a century.

Soaring temperatures and a lack of rain across much of the country's agricultural heartland have combined to create an increasingly dire situation for farmers and ranchers alike.

The nation is the world's largest producer of corn and is also among the biggest cattle producers, so what happens across the Midwest and Great Plains matters to everyone.

The BBC travelled to western Nebraska and met some of those on the front line of a desperate struggle with mother nature.

Produced by the BBC's Paul Adams, Maria Byrne, and David Botti