Flooding concerns continue along some of the nation’s biggest rivers and its tributaries. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue is pledging his department’s assistance.
Perdue took a tour of the flooding conditions in Arkansas over the weekend. The secretary and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson got a bird’s-eye view of the conditions in a helicopter, observing some fields covered in 6 to 8 feet of water.
The University of Arkansas is estimating the flooding is impacting more than 937,000 acres of the state’s cropland with losses tallying to $64.5 million.
Perdue says the department of agriculture is ready to help.
“We’ll do everything in our power, Governor, to make sure your farmers can continue,” said Perdue. “Crop insurance is a big part of that. We want them to take advantage of all those types of resources from the USDA.”
Perdue also said he wants farmers to continue to grow crops and he takes it very seriously that his responsibility is to sell those crops all over the world as a safe, abundant food supply.