Neb., Iowa farmers told not to expect extra aid


June 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says federal budget problems make extra aid to flooded-out Iowa and Nebraska farmers unlikely. At a meeting with farmers and others Thursday in Glenwood, Iowa, Vilsack says proposed budget cuts for his department make chances slim that more money would be given to disaster or insurance programs. Vilsack is scheduled to hold a similar meeting in South Sioux City, Neb., today (Friday).

The Iowa Farm Bureau estimates that up to 150,000 acres of cropland will be flooded and crops drowned by floodwater from the Missouri River.