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Iowa Agriculture Facing A Number Of Economic Consequences From 2020 Derecho

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Meaghan Anderson
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Aerial view of damaged corn depicted in the light green areas.

The August 10 derecho left behind a humanitarian disaster in Linn County. Recovery efforts for Cedar Rapids, surrounding communities and other towns hard hit by the storm continue almost a week and a half later.

The unprecedented storm left behind a trail of destruction across rural Iowa: corn fields flattened, grain bins crushed, barns destroyed. Approximately 14 million acres of crops were damaged or destroyed.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with farmers who experienced severe damage to their crops. Economic experts also join the program to talk about the consequences, short-term and long-term, for Iowa agriculture.


· Clint Werner, farmer, Chelsea

· Dave Swenson, research scientist in the department of economics, Iowa State University

· Alejandro Plastina, associate professor, Extension economist with Iowa State University

· Bill Patten, Marshall County Supervisor, farmer, Marshall County

· Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach


Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa