More federal help could be on the way for Iowa farmers dealing with the derecho and the drought. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited Iowa on Thursday. He was joined by Gov. Kim Reynolds, (R) Sen. Joni Ernst and State Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig.It came after an announcement of federal aid for farmers in more than 40 Iowa counties. Farmers will be eligible for federal assistance program like low-interest loans. As he visited Performance Livestock Analytics in Ames, KCCI asked Perdue about aid for the ethanol industry after millions of acres were damaged. “Right now we don’t have any ability to go to the processing side of it. We cover our producers obviously many of them are invested in ethanol. The producers, the corn growers, will be helped,” Perdue said. KCCI also asked about aid for the drought. “Typically, our basic safety nets are crop insurance, and its yield versus price and value. So that will be the main thing there,” Perdue said. Ernst said the U.S. Senate is also working on another package that would include $20 billion dollars in discretionary funds for the USDA.

More federal help could be on the way for Iowa farmers dealing with the derecho and the drought.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited Iowa on Thursday. He was joined by Gov. Kim Reynolds, (R) Sen. Joni Ernst and State Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig.

It came after an announcement of federal aid for farmers in more than 40 Iowa counties. Farmers will be eligible for federal assistance program like low-interest loans.

As he visited Performance Livestock Analytics in Ames, KCCI asked Perdue about aid for the ethanol industry after millions of acres were damaged.

“Right now we don’t have any ability to go to the processing side of it. We cover our producers obviously many of them are invested in ethanol. The producers, the corn growers, will be helped,” Perdue said.

KCCI also asked about aid for the drought.

“Typically, our basic safety nets are crop insurance, and its yield versus price and value. So that will be the main thing there,” Perdue said.

Ernst said the U.S. Senate is also working on another package that would include $20 billion dollars in discretionary funds for the USDA.