The worst drought in modern history has destroyed more than half the nation's corn crop, pushing prices to record levels.
Livestock producers across the country are feeling the pinch as they struggle to feed their herds.
To cope, one Kentucky cattle farmer has begun feeding candy to his 1,400 cows.
"It’s so hard to make any money when corn is eight or nine dollars a bushel," said Nick Smith, co-owner of United Livestock Commodities in Mayfield, Ky.
The candy, which has been rejected from retail sale, makes up from 5% to 8% of the cattle's feed ration, Smith said. The rest is a mixture of roughage and distillers grain, an ethanol byproduct.
And so far the candy's high caloric content is fattening up the cows quite nicely, he said in a phone interview.