Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), founded a century ago on the premise of helping rural Iowans weather the challenges of farming, is donating $35,000 for flood relief efforts to help manage the immediate needs of Missouri River flood victims. The donation includes $20,000 to the Red Cross and $15,000 to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Disaster Fund.
“Farmers are known for coming together in times of crisis, and the flooding going on in southwest Iowa and for our neighbors to the west is no exception,” says IFBF President Craig Hill. “Our members are proud to do what we can and show our community, neighbors and friends that we are there for them, in every way.”
One of those ways includes advocating for federal assistance in our nation’s capital. This week, IFBF members have been in Washington D.C. to meet with Iowa’s Congressional delegation about Farm Bureau priority issues in addition to advocating for disaster assistance.
In addition to funds to help emergency responders get the materials and assistance they need, IFBF is also coordinating information for those here in Iowa, who may not know what assistance is out there, or where to start. IFBF has a centralized information hub on their website at https://www.iowafarmbureau.com/Farmer-Resources/Flood-Assistance, which includes farmer resources for guidance on managing flooded grain, livestock information, safety information for homeowners, tips for keeping food and water safe during a flood, information on filing claims for insurance, links to help flood victims find stress relief during this time of crisis and more.
“Our goal is making sure our members know they are not alone. Help is required and for Iowans who want to roll up their sleeves and do the work that is needed, they can find out where their talents are needed. The ability for Iowans to come together and help each other is just a click away,” says Hill.