Suzanne Jenkins is a senior policy analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She joined the St. Louis Fed in 2008.
Fresh water was once considered a virtually limitless resource, but scarcity is a growing concern nationally and regionally.
U.S. distillers face retaliatory tariffs abroad, but tourism related to whiskey remains a bright spot.
Dropping commodity prices have caused U.S. farm income to plunge in recent years. Relatively steady farmland prices, however, have helped farmers stay solvent.