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Vilsack tours drought-stricken area farms

Monday, August 6, 2012

Christie Vilsack tours an O'Brien County farm this week. She estimates that 60 percent of crops across Iowa have already suffered extreme drought damage.
Congressional candidate Christie Vilsack toured crop damage in O'Brien County Wednesday, speaking with farmers about the impact of the drought, and attending a "kitchen table conversation' about the situation with area farm families in the evening.

Meanwhile, her husband Tom, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, was declaring 42 Iowa counties as a disaster are eligible for aid - but this region of northwest Iowa was not included.

Mrs. Vilsack was quick to place blame on her opponent, incumbent Steve King.

"Despite a record drought affecting farmers and communities across Iowa, Congressman King has yet to mention the fact that without a farm bill, farmers and communities will be left without disaster assistance," Vilsack said.

"It's time for Congressman King to take the drought seriously and demand that leaders in his own party move the farm bill forward. The 4th District deserves a member of Congress who will take the drought seriously and work across party lines to break the gridlock in Washington."

Vilsack said that she finds about 60 percent of crops across Iowa suffering from extreme drought conditions, and that her district is particularly hard hit.

"As the drought in Iowa and across the nation worsens, it's disappointing that the House continues to delay moving the farm bill forward. We cannot let gridlock and partisanship get in the way of these important programs and protections for farmers across Iowa," Christie said. "The most important thing Congress can do to address the drought is to get in a room and reach a compromise on the farm bill as soon as possible."

Vilsack said she will use her campaign website to distribute the latest information on drought assistance for Iowa farmers. Also during her area visit, she sent out a tweet while filling her gas tank: "Stopping by Pro-Go in Primghar to test out their new blender pump. This is a great step for renewable fuel."

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