Abby Lynn, representing the Missouri Corn Growers Association, presented a program discussing the devastating floods for Missouri farmers in 2011.
In May, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew up three levees in southeast Missouri, flooding 200 square miles of homes, fields and businesses along the banks of the Mississippi River.
Shortly thereafter, the Corps began releasing historic amounts of water from the Missouri Reservoir System, flooding an estimated 400,000 acres of prime farmland for four months.
The sustained, record-breaking releases severely damaged federal, non-federal and private levees along the Missouri River, causing concern for both this and next year’s crop.
Lynn’s program included a 15 minute documentary “Underwater and Overlooked: Crisis on the Missouri River.” The video can be viewed online at www.mocorn.org.