On Monday, a rare and unusually powerful windstorm known as a derecho swept across the Midwest, causing widespread power outages; extensive damage to trees, power lines, crop fields, livestock, homes and buildings; and at least four deaths, as it traversed six states and more than 700 miles.
In Iowa, millions of acres of crops were damaged as hurricane-force winds gusted to 100 mph in some places. From flattened corn fields and specialty crops, to crumpled grain bins and high tunnels, to livestock injuries and death, the livelihoods of countless Iowa farmers have been affected.
As you work to clean up and recover from the devastation, know that you are central in our thoughts. Please reach out to Practical Farmers of Iowa to let us know how you are doing, and what we can do to help.