SACRAMENTO, CA - As you head to the grocery store, you are probably already aware of which items have gone up in price lately. You can expect prices on a lot of food products to go up even further because of the drought most of the country is experiencing.

Nearly three-quarters of the nation's cattle acreage is now considered to be a drought-stricken area.About two-thirds of the country's hay acreage is in drought.

Next year, food prices on average are expected to surge 4.5 percent, according to analysts. One economist says this is the most severe and expensive drought in 25 years.

Look for higher meat and dairy prices.

Farmers hope the soybean crop can be saved with some late summer rain.

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