Raccoon Valley Radio: Axne Requests Flood Recovery Programs for Farmers, Plans Second Tour of Impacted Areas
April 4, 2019
While Iowans recover from March’s flooding, U.S. Representative Cindy Axne (D) is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to authorize emergency relief programs to assist farmers impacted.
President Trump’s disaster declaration allowed for the USDA to authorize specific recovery programs, for which they announced the authorizing for Nebraska farmers on March 25th. Axne wrote to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting they authorize the programs in Iowa as well.
Axne has also invited Perdue and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to join her on a tour of flood damage in southwest Iowa this Saturday. Axne says this will be her second visit to flood impacted areas, “We want to take another look, now that we’re a week-and-a-half or so out, and see where things are at. We’ve also of course had some rain since then and so we want to see how much that’s impacted the situation. I’m hoping to be with some folks, and we’re planning on visiting some folks in Pacific Junction. Of course visiting some shelters across the district to check in on people, meeting with elected officials and FEMA representatives, our emergency management teams to make sure that we’re all on board with addressing the issues on the ground.”
Axne has also written to leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting additional disaster relief funding for programs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), USDA, and Small Business Administration. Hear more from Axne in today’s Let’s Talk Guthrie County program on air and online at raccoonvalleyradio.com.