Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, right, shakes the hand of ethanol producer Duane Kristensen of Chief Ethanol Fuels in Hastings, Neb., left, as democratic senate candidate Bob Kerrey, center, looks on, following a meeting with agriculture producers in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. The federal government on Friday slashed its expectations for U.S. corn and soybean production for the second month in a row as the worst drought in decades continues punishing key farm states. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, right, shakes the hand of ethanol producer Duane Kristensen of Chief Ethanol Fuels in Hastings, Neb., left, as democratic senate candidate Bob Kerrey, center, looks on, following a meeting with agriculture producers in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. The federal government on Friday slashed its expectations for U.S. corn and soybean production for the second month in a row as the worst drought in decades continues punishing key farm states. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, right, shakes the hand of ethanol producer Duane Kristensen of Chief Ethanol Fuels in Hastings, Neb., left, as democratic senate candidate Bob Kerrey, center, looks on, following a meeting with agriculture producers in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. The federal government on Friday slashed its expectations for U.S. corn and soybean production for the second month in a row as the worst drought in decades continues punishing key farm states. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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