Frozen Express
Aug. 24, 2012

Fuel costs + Drought = Higher food prices
Bloomberg Businessweek
"Gasoline is the wild card" of food inflation, said Chad Hart, an economist at Iowa State University. "Anytime you have oil and gas prices moving up, that will hit us on the food dollar."

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    Poll gives Romney the edge over Obama
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    Mitt Romney edges President Barack Obama nationally, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday that shows Romney leads with 45 percent support over Obama at 44.More

    Poll: Obama trounces on likability
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    Cantaloupe growers frustrated; guidelines expected soon
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    Big Lots initiatives: Food stamps, frozen food, loyalty
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    3 lawmakers try to reopen slaughterhouse
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