Farming after the flood: Management strategies and costs

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Source: Soil Science Society of America

WASHINGTON DC -- This year extensive flooding of America’s prime agricultural lands has resulted in millions of dollars in lost crops.  In addition to direct economic losses, farmers face post-flooding cleanup costs associated with removing sediment and debris and repairing erosion in their fields. At the briefing, “Farming after the Flood: Management Strategies and Costs”, a corn and soybean producer and an extension educator will explore the personal, agricultural, and economic costs of extreme events such as flooding. Speakers will also present post-flooding management options available to farmers for restoring land to production. Finally, a crop insurance consultant will review the Federal crop insurance program and discuss how it works for producers when facing catastrophic events. 

Speakers:

  • Scott Olson, a farmer from Tekamah, Nebraska (NE), will discuss the economic and environmental impacts that flooding has had on his family operated corn and soybean farm as well as on other producers in Burt County, NE located near the Missouri River.
  • John Wilson, an extension educator with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, will discuss the common problems farmers encounter in post-flood recovery and present a series of management options for addressing these challenges.
  • James Callan, a crop insurance consultant, will provide insight into the Federal crop insurance program that is available to mitigate the negative economic impacts from flooding damage and crop yield losses.

All members of the media, Congressional staff, and agency staff are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Marlene van Es at: mvanes@sciencesocieties.org by 5 PM, Tuesday, October 25th.

The congressional briefing is sponsored by the Soil Science Society of America and American Society of Agronomy.

The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) www.agronomy.org, is a scientific society helping its 8,000+ members advance the disciplines and practices of agronomy by supporting professional growth and science policy initiatives, and by providing quality, research-based publications and a variety of member services. For more information, visit www.agronomy.org.

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive, international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, and founded in 1936, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members dedicated to advancing the field of soil science, providing information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use. For more information, visit www.soils.org.

The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) www.agronomy.org, is a scientific society helping its 8,000+ members advance the disciplines and practices of agronomy by supporting professional growth and science policy initiatives, and by providing quality, research-based publications and a variety of member services.

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