USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey and MOFB President Blake Hurst visit with Atchison County farmer Andy Spiegel before taking a quick tour of the farm.

Andy Spiegel was able to give the secretary a close-up view of the flooding on an Argo amphibious vehicle.

Last week, MOFB President Blake Hurst, State Board District 1 Director Jason Kurtz and MOFB staff met with Missourians affected by recent flooding. The Public Affairs team created a video to bring attention to the damage and the need for change in the way we manage flooding.

The group began Wednesday with a briefing and tour of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Emergency Operations Center in Kansas City led by District Commander COL Douglas Guttormsen.

They followed this with visits to Northwest Missouri seeking ideas on how to address repeated flood events that are hitting residents and communities harder each time.  At the Spiegel farm in Atchison County, USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey discussed concerns raised by local farmers and others, including Tom Waters, President of the Missouri Levee Drainage District Association, and Dan Engemann, Director of the Coalition to Protect the Missouri River, which represents agriculture and navigation advocates.