Iowa to receive US$5.6M in agriculture disaster funds from USDA to help farmers recover from flooding along Missouri River

DES MOINES, Iowa , January 18, 2012 () – Iowa will receive $5.6 million in agriculture disaster funds to help farmers recover from flooding along the Missouri River.

The funds were part of $310 million in USDA funds announced Wednesday by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

About 200,000 acres of Iowa farmland were affected by last summer's Missouri River flooding. Officials say the aid will help remove debris and sand left behind when the floodwaters receded.

Rich Sims, state conservationist with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Des Moines, says one farmer spent $100,000 for a bulldozer to remove sand from 100 acres of land.

He says the funds announced Wednesday may not seem like much but it's only one part of a funding stream available to producers and that every little bit helps.

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