Congressman Dave Loebsack today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (UDSA) for issuing an agriculture disaster declaration for additional counties in southeastern Iowa that have seen extensive damage to crops and livestock from the recent drought. Loebsack has been leading efforts in the House to push for a long-term farm bill, and has introduced the Agriculture Disaster Assistance Act to help farmers and livestock producers with drought losses.
"I have met with farmers in Iowa to hear firsthand about the impact of the drought on their crops and livestock. I applaud the USDA for their decision and will continue advocating for the farmers and rural areas that are suffering through this historic drought."
"USDA has moved to help Iowa farmers -- now Congress needs to act and stop playing politics. It is inexcusable that Congress is going home for seven weeks without taking action on the farm bill. The Republican Majority is failing to even provide a simple extension of the farm bill, let alone the reformed bill that Iowa farmers need."
Specifically, Clarke County received an agricultural disaster designation.
Benefits are also available for the contiguous counties of Decatur, Lucas, Marion, and Wayne.