US Secretary of Agriculture Sees Flood Damage

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was in Arkansas Sunday on a tour of the major flooding in the northeast.

Secretary Perdue, along with Governor Asa Hutchinson, and members of the Arkansas Congressional Delegation took in the devastation from the air. Seeing several farms under water from the floods last week.

Farmers like Scott Brady said it's going to be a rough year.

"As of today, we've got about 4,200 acres of rice planted, and I'm estimating 3,500 is under water," said Brady.

Randy Veach, President of the Arkansas Farm Bureau said this is a disaster.

"Our farmers are pretty resilient but it's going to be very difficult for some of our generational family farms to survive this blow," said Veach.

After the tour of the floods, Secretary Perdue said he's been there. Being a farmer, he understands what Arkansans are going through, and assured farmers once assessments are over, the federal government will help in any way possible.

"They will have everything that's legally possible at the disposal from the USDA to deal with the tragedy," said Secretary Perdue.

Assessments are a work in process, and Secretary Perdue said as soon as those are done, he will expedite the process to get Arkansas farmers, relief.

(Isabella Moller, KARK)
 


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