Iowa Farm Bureau Federation has launched the Farming Community Disaster Exchange, where Iowans can offer help to those impacted by the floods or to seek assistance. The online exchange, which can be found at IowaFarmBureau.com/floods, is a place where Iowans can offer goods and services to those who need it most.
“As Iowans fight their way through this $2 billion devastation, it’s important to keep the lines of communication open, and that’s what we are offering through our online exchange,” said IFBF President Craig Hill. “We’ve had calls from around the country from folks willing to donate goods and services. This exchange is a way to connect those people with farmers and Iowans in need impacted by the floods. It’s not just what they need right now, such as assistance for clean-up, hay for their livestock or fresh water for their homes if their wells were contaminated.” According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, flooding may peak again once snow melts move down river, after which sump pumps or heavy excavation equipment could be needed to move sand off flooded fields.