Glenwood, Iowa -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with area farmers here Thursday to discuss their options in the wake of Missour River flooding that's destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of crops.
"We're here to help, we're here to listen," he said.
Vilsack assured the two dozen farmers in the audience that their crop insurance will cover their losses. Some had feared that the flood could be classified as a non-insured "man-made" flood because it resulted from decisions made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
"Without hesitation, we do not see this as a man-made situation," he said. "This is Mother Nature not treating us quite well. Please leave assured we will provide crop insurance protection. "