Quinn is scheduled to visit the farm of James Laird in the southern
Illinois community of Waltonville on Monday.
The Illinois Farm
Bureau says it's the sixth-driest year on record so far. The average
precipitation of the first half of the year was 12.6 inches. Much of
Illinois' corn and soybean crop is suffering. Farm officials say
southern Illinois is getting the worst of it.
Quinn is expected to detail what government relief may be
Drought is affecting much of the Midwest, where almost a third of
the nation's corn crop has been damaged by heat and drought so
severe that some farmers have cut down crops midway through the
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