Statewide Iowa — Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says the long-awaited passage of a federal disaster relief bill is good news for Iowa farmers.
President Trump on Thursday signed the $19-billion package designed to assist victims of several recent disasters — including Iowa flooding. Naig says the bill helps Iowans in a couple of areas.
Naig says the bill also provides for U-S-D-A assistance for farmers who are unable to plant crops this year because of swamped fields, though questions remain.
Naig says statistics compiled by his office indicate the losses incurred by Iowa farmers during this spring’s record flooding are staggering.
An assessment was also done on how much grain in storage was impacted, and again, he says, it was millions of bushels ruined due to the floodwaters. The ag secretary says it all adds up to an economic disaster for producers. Naig also expresses concerns about lingering issues associated with the flooding.