A northwest Missouri farmer who is moving to higher ground, again, questions the motives of the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps is telling farmers to and move out of their homes and farms in Atchison County.
Richard Oswald is moving his grain, contents of his home, and farm machinery out of his Missouri River bottom land. He says some of his neighbors are getting buy-out offers from the Corps. He says he doesn’t know how they have the money to pay for these farms.
Oswald, who is president of the Missouri Farmers Union, has been through floods in ’93 and ’95, and says he doesn’t think the federal aid will be as strong this year. He says he feels like the farmers in the Missouri River bottom will be forgotten.
Oswald and his family have been farming that area for decades and doesn’t know when he’ll be able to go back.