Flooding in Nebraska has the attention of U-S Senator Ben Nelson. He is very concerned about the loss of farm ground due to high water and says at his request U-S Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack plans to tour the area. Senator Nelson is hoping to finish up in Washington in time to join Secretary Vilsack in the Cornhusker state.
Senator Nelson is also hoping to stop the rumor mill regarding crop insurance coverage.
He says there is one circulating that the flooding would be treated as a man-made disaster and not be covered. He says that is false. USDA considers these events as natural disasters and crop insurance will cover damages along with disaster assistance where applicable.
Senator Nelson adds that Ag Secretary Vilsack filled him in on what must occur for the area to be designated a disaster area. First, there must be a natural disaster that results in 30-percent production loss in a county. The governor must then make a request in writing to the Secretary of Agriculture within three months of the end of the disaster. Senator Nelson expects those steps will occur in Nebraska.