The war is devastating parts of Iraq, leaving many civilians without food or shelter. But now, area farmers are coming to the rescue.
Wheat farmers like Jeff Crist have had a difficult year, facing one of the worst droughts in history, and low pricing for their products.
"We have good white wheat varieties, we just haven't developed the market," Crist said.
But things are looking up, because they've found one more group of people welcoming their wheat.
Humanitarian aid is sending hundreds of thousands of tons of food to Iraqis, much of that coming from right here at home. So far, half of the wheat supplied to Iraq has come from Kansas.
Congressman Jerry Moran, who has helped push Kansas wheat to the top of the humanitarian aid packages says farmers can feel proud, being able to help feed millions of desperate people.
"So, a real sense of satisfaction, and secondly, from an economic view, this is good news. Anytime we can consume and sell, and utilize grain, it's a positive benefit for Kansas farmers," said Rep. Jerry Moran.
Moran says U.S. food supplies may help ensure a positive resolution in the Middle East.
"We've got to make certain that the Iraqi people realize that we're not the enemy," Moran said.
Moran says the UN is currently requesting more than $2 billion in food aid. With the help of local farmers, who already export 40 percent of their wheat supplies, the U.S. should be able to grant that request.
"I think from a humanitarian aid perspective, it's very good news," said Moran, "and it should be good news for the producers also."
Drought isn't the only problem plaguing farmers right now, poor pricing is another issue. There just isn't sufficient demand for their products. So some farmers say, they hope, with more of their wheat headed overseas, things will turn around.