The year 2012 will be remembered by the agriculture sector for the worst drought in 50 years. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated 71 percent of the country as disaster areas, due to drought. Overall, it was a mixed bag, depending on the geographic area being reported. While gloomy reports came for crops such as corn and soybeans, other products, such as peanuts, experienced bumper crops. . . .