Water Floods Missouri Farmland

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says insurance reimbursements will be available to flooded-out farmers in southeast Missouri. Vilsack said Tuesday that the reimbursements will be available "both this year and most likely next year" to farmers who had crop insurance for the land flooded by the intentional levee break at Birds Point.

Those without crop insurance won't be able to recoup their losses unless they qualify for another government loan program. Vilsack said other forms of government help will be available for livestock producers and tree farmers under agriculture programs designed to protect them after natural disasters.

People who lost their houses may also be eligible for rural housing loans. Officials say it could be late summer or early fall before all the water drains away from the land.

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