US Secretary of Agriculture visits Iowa; reminds producers about disaster assistance programs

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited Iowa and designated 18 Iowa counties as primary natural disaster areas, enabling producers who suffered losses because of the recent Derecho, to be eligible for emergency loans.

“The extent of damage to crops, equipment, facilities, and the ag sector as a whole from this storm is devastating,” said Secretary Perdue.

He also reminded producers about several disaster assistance programs available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including program flexibilities and a special signup through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).