Helping Iowans Make Better Decisions in Tough Times

ISU and Farm Bureau have online tools for use by farmers and rural residents affected by floods of 2008.

Iowa State University has a Disaster Recovery Web site that has a lot of useful information to help Iowans make better decisions in tough times. The site is specially designed for people impacted by the recent floods. Click on www.extension.iastate.edu/disasterrecovery.

Links on the lefthand side of the page have information on specific topics - from crops to livestock to farm management - to home recovery and financial management considerations. This site includes quite a bit of information for agriculture. You can also listen to audio interviews of ISU Extension specialists on a variety of flood–related topics.

Farm Bureau also has site for public use
Say ammonia seeped into your carpet, motor oil leaked into your well, half of the corn in your flooded bin is rotting and your dog is missing. What aid is available to you and where do you start to get your life back to normal? To assist farmers and rural residents in answering these and many other flood-related recovery questions, the Iowa Farm Bureau has launched a comprehensive Web site www.iowafarmbureau.com/flood08.

Time is of the essence as farmers make critical decisions about their crops. The "Road to Recovery" Web site contains important information about crop insurance, including additional time recently allowed by the Risk Management Agency to file acreage reports for all 2008 crop year spring-seeded crops.

Other critical information on the site includes the issue of debris disposal since many items may now be considered 'hazardous material' because of exposure to sewer water or long-standing floodwater; grain stored in bins that were flooded, propane tanks that drifted with river currents, carpet with mold and dead livestock. All hazardous materials must be properly disposed in order to meet state and national environmental regulations.

In addition, www.iowafarmbureau.com/flood08 offers information on farm, crop and business recovery, stress and counseling resources, household clean-up and disaster fund applications. The website also shares the inspirational stories of Iowans through photos, videos and personal testimonies.

The Flood '08 Web site highlights the advocacy work Farm Bureau is doing to secure additional government assistance for farmers affected by floods, including their efforts to open Conservation Reserve Program grasslands up for early grazing to assist livestock farmers squeezed by high feed costs; a request to Governor Culver to raise weight limits on rural roads to ease transport of debris, grain and livestock; and a plea to the Army Corps of Engineers to carefully consider outflows from reservoirs to minimize further field flooding impacts.

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