The USDA has designated the 15 counties primary natural disaster areas due to flooding along the Missouri and North Platte Rivers. Farm Service Agency Program Supervisor Chief Doug Klein says the primary assistance will be offered in the form of emergency loans.
“A producer may or may not be able to take advantage of that. It kind of depends on what their financial situation is,” Klein explains, “but that’s one of the immediate things that becomes available.”
Farmers in the designated counties also could be eligible for supplemental revenue assistance to make up for a lost crop. Most of the farmers along the Missouri River raise corn and soybeans. Flooding along the North Platte wiped out hay fields as well. Klein says the flooding has affect alfalfa farmers as well as those raising a bit of wheat in the areas and a few livestock producers.
Farmers living in counties adjacent to the 15 also will be eligible for USDA assistance. Those counties include 21 in Nebraska as well as six each in South Dakota and Iowa, three in Kansas and two in Missouri.
The counties are: Boyd, Burt, Cass, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Douglas, Knox, Lincoln, Nemaha, Otoe, Richardson, Sarpy, Thurston and Washington.
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Nebraska also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous: Antelope, Cuming, Dawson, Dodge, Frontier, Gage, Hayes, Holt, Johnson, Keith, Keya Paha, Lancaster, McPherson, Pawnee, Perkins, Pierce, Rock and Saunders.
In addition, Femont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottattamie and Woodbury counties in Iowa qualify.
In South Dakota: Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Clay, Gregory, Union and Yankton.
In Kansas: Brown, Doniphan and Nemaha
In Missouri: Atchison, Holt
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