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Flooded Farmers Meet realities of Federal Deficit

June 17, 2011Patrick NunnallyUncategorizedComments Off on Flooded Farmers Meet realities of Federal Deficit

When Agriculture Secretary (and former Iowa Governor) Tom Vilsack toured flooded farm areas in the western part of Iowa yesterday, the federal deficit became an inevitable part of the conversation.

As this Des Moines Register article details, farmers stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars due to the flooding Missouri River, fed by record snowpack in the Rockies.

Only there’s not likely to be any extra money to cover those losses coming from deficit-conscious Washington DC.

And for those who have been critical of the Corps of Engineers for its handling of the Missouri, Vilsack advised that they be very careful about describing “mistakes” or “bad planning.”  Damages from “natural” floods qualify for federal disaster relief (what little there is) while “man-made” disasters may not.

But how do we draw the distinction, in this Year of Floods between “natural” and “man-made”?


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