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Midwest flooding makes a dent in farmers' wages

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Published on March 21, 2019 - Duration: 01:09s

Midwest flooding makes a dent in farmers' wages

Record flooding has devastated a wide swath of the Midwest Farm Belt where many farmers have been struggling due to a U.S.-China trade war.

Early estimates of lost crops and livestock, in the aftermath of the floods, are approaching $1 billion in Nebraska alone.

Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Midwest flooding makes a dent in farmers' wages

Many Midwestern farmers can’t seem to catch a break… First, they took a financial hit with the U.S.-China trade war, which cut off exports of soybeans and other products.

And now, Midwest farmers are struggling with devastation from last week's powerful and deadly winter hurricane known as a ‘bomb cyclone’ — one that triggered record floods across a wide swath of the Farm Belt.

Early estimates of lost crops and livestock are approaching $1 billion in Nebraska alone.

And for farmers like Tom Geisler, the recent flooding comes at a tough time- as the U.S. farming sector is reeling from the trade war between the Trump administration AND China.

SOUNDBITE: NEBRASKA FARMER TOM GEISLER, SAYING: “We’ve had low grain prices for the last three years and it hasn’t been easy on any of the farmers in the United Sates especially in this area when we rely on agriculture for income.

The damage in Nebraska goes far beyond farmland and stockpiles of grain… destroyed roads means it will be harder for trucks to deliver seed to farmers for the coming planting season.

And with more flooding expected, damages could climb much higher in the region.

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