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Midwest flooding has agriculture reeling

Kimberly Adams Mar 21, 2019
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Floodwaters in Fremont, Nebraska, on March 16.
Courtesy of Scott Olson/Lee Valley Inc.

Nebraska officials estimate that flooding has caused $1.3 billion in damage in the state, more than half of it to crops and cattle. The disaster there and in neighboring Iowa follows a difficult year for both states’ farmers, who’ve been reeling from the ongoing trade war and softening global economy. Now Iowa and Nebraska, with the second- and fourth-largest agricultural economies in the nation respectively, are contending with floodwaters that have washed away stored grain, killed herds of cattle and threaten the spring planting season.

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