Federal Agrculture Department officials say crop insurance won’t cover any losses that could be caused by the Army Corps of Engineers’ planned manmade flood on the Missouri River this May. During a Congressional field hearing in Jefferson City, West Central Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton debated with USDA’s Risk Management Agency Administrator Eldon Gould that it is within the federal Agriculture Department’s discretion to accept this flood as a natural event. Gould believes discretion only applies to further definition of natural causes, which would not be applicable in this case. Skelton promises to keep on the USDA to get the policy changed.
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