With more than half of the U.S. under drought conditions, corn and soy farmers are expecting a sharp drop in yields this year. When supplies go down, prices go up – and not just in American supermarkets. David Beckmann of Bread for the World and Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center talk with PBS NewsHour’s Ray Suarez about what drought in the U.S. grain belt might mean for some of the world’s poorest people. NewsHour is a partner in the “Food for 9 Billion” project.

Watch Facing Drought, Farmers’ Crops Taking Heat on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

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Jon Miller

Jonathan Miller is executive director of Homelands Productions, a journalism cooperative specializing in public radio features and documentaries. As a freelance journalist, he has reported from Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe and the U.S. for NPR, BBC, CBC, American Public Media's Marketplace, Monitor Radio, VOA, Radio Netherlands and Radio Deutsche Welle. He also has written for The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Parents, American Way, The Christian Science Monitor and many other publications. For 13 years, he lived and worked in the Philippines and Peru. 

Jon is currently serving as executive producer of "Food for 9 Billion," a collaborative project of Homelands Productions, the Center for Investigative Reporting, American Public Media's Marketplace, PRI's The World, and PBS NewsHour. He was executive producer of Homelands' award-winning "WORKING" project profiling workers in the global economy (2007-09) and the "Worlds of Difference" series about the responses of traditional societies to rapid cultural change (2002-05).