Iowa Congressman Tom Latham issued the following statement on Thursday in support of Gov. Terry Branstad's disaster emergency proclamation to give relief to farmers dealing with severe drought conditions:
"This year's historic drought is threatening the livelihoods of farmers across Iowa and throughout the United States. I fully support Gov. Branstad's decision to ease some regulatory requirements to give farmers greater flexibility in how they respond to the drought. I stand ready to work with Gov. Branstad, Secretary Northey and any of my colleagues in Congress to make sure we're doing everything we can to help all Iowans battling this disaster. The drought is taking a heartbreakingly great toll on Iowa agriculture, and all government leaders should follow Gov. Branstad's example by taking action wherever possible to limit its impact."