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ARLINGTON, VA – A recent Midwest windstorm, wildfires raging across western states and an active hurricane season are adding natural disasters to the many challenges dairy farmers are facing in this year of COVID-19. To help them better prepare for and respond to these crises, the National Milk Producers Federation has created a new webpage for dairy farmers, www.nmpf.org/disaster-resources, offering natural-disaster-related resources and information.

“2020 has been difficult enough with the COVID-19 pandemic. But as with COVID-related disruptions, NMPF is here to help its members and the broader dairy community,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF.

Many producers are facing urgent needs to take precautions to protect themselves, their workforce and their livestock. And because emergencies and disasters can occur at any time and without warning regardless of where a farm is located, all producers should consider developing or updating Emergency Action Plans on their farms. NMPF’s page includes information compiled from authoritative sources on topics ranging from fire safety for livestock to on-farm hurricane preparation and the USDA’s Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool.

 

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has signed an emergency declaration for Iowa to supply federal money to help the state recover from an unusual wind storm that struck a week ago.

Trump says Monday that he approved the request from Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds that was sent Sunday. Trump also suggested he may may visit the state. Reynolds’ disaster request says the state sustained $3.99 billion in damage.

A derecho with hurricane-force wind gusts exceeding 100 mph destroyed or extensively damaged 8,200 homes and 13 million acres of crops, about a third of the state’s cropland. As of Monday morning, utility companies reported about 64,000 people remained without power.

Iowa still cleaning up following wind storm | Interview with Farm Broadcaster Dustin Hoffmann