Difficult to say how Ida aftermath will impact agriculture
It’s difficult to say how damage from Hurricane Ida will impact Midwestern farmers in the weeks to come.
Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley tells Brownfield he’s unsure about the extent of the destruction.
“I have no information on that except past hurricanes like Katrina 16 years ago affected (agriculture) for a while. But I don’t even remember the length of time that it did.”
Minnesota Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen says disruptions to barge traffic on the Mississippi River can slow the movement of grain, but also fuel and machinery parts.
“We’ve really been exporting a lot of product, so the barges and the barge traffic is really important. And to see the barges coming back up the river the wrong way is (not good).”
Ida struck key ports in Louisiana that serve as hubs for grain exports and oil production.
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