Farmers Still Recovering from Missouri River Flooding
Flooding along the Missouri River last year is still having an impact on farmers as they work to clear out acres of debris and restore fields for spring planting. According to Eddie Hamill, state executive director, Missouri Farm Service Agency, farmers may give up between 10 and 25 percent of the flooded land this year. In Missouri alone, 207,000 acres of farmland was flooded, costing farmers nearly $10 million in lost crops. The river hit historic levels after melting snow and heavy rains inundated upstream reservoirs, causing the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to release the reservoirs into the Missouri River. Read more (Associated Press).