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Farmers Told Not to Harvest Storm Damaged Crops
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Governor Branstad is reminding farmers who sustained crop damage during last week's storm to file their claim, but leave the crops right where they are.
The Governor's statement also encouraged farmers to document their losses with pictures and file their claim as soon as possible.
Part of the problem comes from the federal government shutdown.
In the statement, the Governor's office says, "When USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices reopen following the federal shutdown, farmers should follow the usual damage-reporting process and contact their local FSA office for any disaster loans or debris removal assistance that may be available."
Laurie Langstraat with National Crop Insurance Services told CBS 2 News Wednesday that farmers should submit a notice of loss to their insurance agent within 72 hours of discovering the damage. The agent can then forward the notice of loss to the insurance company and they will assign it to an adjuster.