Matt Paul, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Press Secretary and Director, Office of Communications (seated right) checks emails as John Berge, Executive Director, United States Department of Agriculture, National Food and Agriculture Council, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Dayle Williamson, State Agriculture Representative for Senator Ben Nelson speak with producers regarding agricultural lands devastated by the Missouri River flood and the assistance that USDA can provide in this time of need. The Missouri river has flooded hundreds of acres in Nebraska and Iowa. Seated next to Paul is Nathan Vander Plaats, Regional Director for Senator Tom Harkins, Iowa. On Friday, June 17, 2011. USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.