Flooding is challenging agricultural producers financially


Cattle in muddy feedlot.

ORANGE CITY, iowa – There is little doubt that agricultural producers who experience flooding are affected financially, and Beth Doran, Iowa State University extension beef specialist, encourages affected livestock producers to contact their local Farm Service Agency office immediately.

"FSA offices are gathering information pertaining to flood damage,” she said. "This includes any livestock losses, forage/grazing losses, or damaged pastures due to recent flooding.”

In addition to writing down losses, Doran said producers should take pictures of damage or dead animals to verify the losses.

"This information will help determine what programs may be available in the county and what documentation and certification will be required when applying for indemnification or assistance," she said.

Crop producers also should contact FSA to report crop acres affected by recent flooding. This reporting assists FSA in determining which programs might be available. Be prepared to provide the section/township and a detailed description of the damages, such as number of acres under water/flooded, damage to fences, and silt or debris. Photos of fields and crops also are encouraged.

For more flood information and resources, see the Iowa Beef Center flood resources page and this ISU extension flood page.



The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.

Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 712-737-4230, doranb@iastate.edu


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