Drought-stricken woman rancher has to 'sell cows or watch them starve'
13 August 2012 Last updated at 00:57 BST
The prolonged drought across much of the US has devastated crops and cattle herds.
Among those affected is Karen Harrelson, an Arkansas cattle farmer who has been in the business for nearly 40 years. She's already had to sell 100 cows this summer.
As a single woman working the lands on her own, Ms Harrelson says it can be a tough life.
Now she worries that if it doesn't rain in the coming months she could lose more of her cattle - and take an even greater hit to her livelihood.
But she tries to remain positive - trying to work every day as if it were normal, while the rain stays away and the sun bakes her land.
Produced by the BBC's Franz Strasser and David Botti