Pictures released in June  showed thousands of cows laying dead under the Kansas sun amid a heat wave which reached 106 degrees.


They said they were forced to do so due to ongoing drought conditions as the Farm Bureau Federation estimates nearly 60 percent of the west, south and Central Plains are experiencing severe droughts following the third-hottest July on record.

It also ranked in the top 10 hottest Julys on record for every state in the west except for Montana, the National Centers for Environmental Information reported, while the US Department of Agriculture says a 'rapidly intensifying drought gripped the central and southern Plains, and mid-west.'

Much of the western United States is still under extreme drought conditions, according to the US Drought Monitor, and Zippy Duvall, the president of the Farm Bureau Federation told CNN Americans may feel the effects of this drought 'for years to come.'

He explained that US consumers will now have to even spend more on certain meat and crops as they consider 'partially relying on foreign supplies or shrinking the diversity of items they buy at the store.' 

37% of farmers from the Great Plains through California are now killing off crops that won't reach maturity — up 13 percent from last year.