Midwest

Mike Pence: Federal aid will arrive soon for flood-hit Midwest towns

Offutt Air Force Base's aerial photo shows the scope of the flood damage in Nebraska.
Photo: Offutt Air Force Base

Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that federal aid would soon arrive for communities impacted by historic flooding in the Midwest.

The latest: Pence visited a relief shelter in Omaha, Nebraska, and surveyed flood damage in the region during a tour of the region. The Nebraska Farm Bureau said farm and ranch losses from the flooding could total $1 billion and there would be up to $500 million in livestock losses, according to the Associated Press.

Midwest farmers fear livestock losses from flooding

 A road is covered with floodwater from the Pecatonica River
A road is covered with floodwater from the Pecatonica River in Freeport, Illinois. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

During a difficult year for U.S. agriculture amid President Trump's trade war with China, record-breaking floods in the Midwest are causing farmers to lose their livestock en masse, further putting their livelihoods at risk, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Lessened demand due to Trump's trade policies and greater international competition in agriculture already pushed Farm Belt bankruptcies last year to the highest level in a decade. Now, the floods across the Midwest could cause a $400 million hit to the state's livestock sector as farmers in the region are cut off from their cattle herds — and the supplies necessary to care for them.

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