State Ag Secretary tours Delhi, offers aid - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

State Ag Secretary tours Delhi, offers aid

DELHI (KWWL)-- In addition to properties, the US Department of Agriculture estimate last week that anywhere from three to seven thousand acres of crops in Jones County were lost to the flooded Maquoketa and Wapsipinicon Rivers.  Wednesday state agriculture secretary Bill Northey toured the damage at Lake Delhi and surrounding areas.  He announced a new program to help repair soil, so that they'll be capable of producing good yields in the future.

"We do have a program out there that will help repair where there's been damage to some of their conservation practices.  And in some cases when you have water like we have here, it can overtop or do damage to that.  And so we have a million dollars set aside for farmers to be able to pay some of the cost of putting that back in, typically about half the cost," Northey said.

Assistance in this new program is only available to those farmers living in a county that's received a state disaster declaration.  To learn if you qualify, or find out how to apply, contact your local NRCS office or USDA service center.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

Powered by Frankly