Congress Goes On Recess Without Passing Flood/Disaster Relief Package

Rural Iowa (RI)– Iowa commodities group leaders are working with members of the state’s congressional delegation in hopes of getting federal disaster aid for stored grain that was contaminated and ruined by floodwaters, but now that Congress has recessed, it might be a little while at least. Iowa Corn Growers Association president Curt Mether says any help they can get would be appreciated by farmers.

Mether says most of his neighbors in low-lying areas were severely impacted by flooding. He says he was hampered from hauling grain.

Mether doubts many growers in southwest Iowa will be able to get into the fields to plant anytime soon.

The U.S. Senate took another stab at passing a disaster aid bill but failed. Now, Congress is in recess for two weeks so there’ll be nothing anytime soon from the federal government to help flood victims. Mether says they continue to work with the National Corn Growers Association in lobbying Congress to get something done.

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