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Naig: USDA Secretarial Derecho Disaster Declaration Helps Farmers on the Road to Recovery

DES MOINES, Iowa (Sept. 3, 2020) – Today, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig thanked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for traveling to Iowa to see firsthand the damage caused by the hurricane-like derecho last month and the ongoing severe drought. During Secretary Perdue’s visit, he announced 18 Iowa counties hardest hit by the […]

Sec. Perdue grants Gov. Reynolds’ request for a Secretarial disaster designation

DES MOINES – Today, United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue approved Gov. Reynolds request for a Secretarial disaster declaration for Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Dallas, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, and Tama Counties. In accordance with the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, 24 additional counties were […]

USDA Designates 18 Iowa Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Information from Mahaska County Emergency Management Emergency Loans, Increased Flexibilities, and Other Disaster Assistance Programs Available DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 3, 2020 — Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue designated 18 Iowa counties as primary natural disaster areas, enabling producers who suffered losses because of the recent Derecho, that occurred on August 10, 2020, […]

Gov. Reynolds announces small business relief for bars and taverns in 6 counties

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today that the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program will be reopened to provide relief grants to bars, taverns and other establishments impacted by the Aug. 27, 2020 COVID-19 disaster proclamation that closed bars in six counties — Black Hawk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Polk and Story County. Eligible […]

Iowa Crop Progress & Condition Report Week of August 24-30

DES MOINES, Iowa (Aug. 31, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is released weekly from April through November. “Iowa saw hot and dry conditions last week, though portions of the state did receive […]

Gov. Reynolds announces 10 additional counties will receive FEMA individual assistance

Eight additional counties now seeking public assistance DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds received notification today that 10 additional counties that were impacted by the Aug. 10 derecho have been approved for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance Program. Individuals and business owners in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, and […]

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, ordering additional mitigation efforts

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation, effective at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2020, orders all bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries, night clubs to close in six counties: Black Hawk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Polk, and Story county. They may continue to sell […]

Secretary Naig Releases Updated Estimates of Potential Crop Damage Caused by the Derecho

DES MOINES, Iowa (Aug. 14, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig has been collaborating with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, farmers and farm organizations, and agribusinesses to evaluate the agricultural damages caused by the derecho that rolled through the state on Monday. The USDA Risk […]

Governor Reynolds formally requests expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds formally requested an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Iowa communities and counties that have been severely impacted by the devastating derecho storm that occurred on Monday, August 10th, 2020. “From cities to farms, Iowans are hurting, many still have challenges with shelter, food, and power. Resilience is in […]

Iowa Crop Progress & Condition Report Week of August 3-9

DES MOINES, Iowa (Aug. 10, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is released weekly from April through November. “Many farmers and agribusinesses experienced damage to crops, grain bins and buildings as severe storms […]

             

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