The Iowa Corn Growers Association® (ICGA) spoke directly with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Thursday about assisting Iowa’s corn farmers due to the devastating drought and derecho that has impacted a majority of the state. ICGA presented several ideas for immediate financial relief to Sec. Perdue that came forward from ICGA farmer members. Also in attendance with Sec. Perdue was U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. Officials surveyed the drought and derecho crop damage throughout the day.
“Iowa corn farmers wish they didn’t have to request government assistance as they’d rather have a crop to harvest and market access,” said ICGA President and farmer Carl Jardon. “Unfortunately, that is not our reality this year with natural disasters, trade disputes, and a global pandemic. Iowa’s farmers need immediate aid so they can begin to rebuild for next year.”