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    By: Richard M. Blau, Chair of the firm's Food Law Department

    Extraordinary catastrophic weather has afflicted several of America’s most important agricultural states. Since March of this year, heavy snow and rain have brought record flooding to the Midwest, stalling farmers' fieldwork and slowing shipments across a wide swath of the Farm Belt From Iowa and Iowa through Kansas and Nebraska to Minnesota and South Dakota. Florida and the Southeastern growing states are still working to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Michael, even as Hurricane Season has resumed for 2019. With more flooding expected, damages are expected to escalate. Early estimates of lost crops and livestock are in the tens of billions of dollars. All of which is why farmers need to be aware of current developments in the Prevented Planning programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its relevant agencies.

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