Farmers in 17 Nebraska counties have been declared eligible for drought assistance, because they farm in counties neighboring states declared natural disaster areas.
The Farm Service Agency says the counties have been included in the Secretary of Agriculture’s disaster declaration issued on the 9th. The state of Nebraska was not included in the declaration, because the state’s established grazing period hasn’t begun yet. The established Nebraska grazing period runs from May 1st to October 27th.
Missouri, Kansas and Colorado were included in the declaration. Nemaha, Otoe and Richardson Counties have been included, because they border Missouri. Dundy, Franklin, Furnas, Harlan, Hitchcock, Nuckolls, Red Willow and Webster have been included, because they border Kansas. Chase, Cheyenne, Deuel, Dundy, Keith, Kimball and Perkins have been included, because they border Colorado.
A current Nebraska map listing the approved counties is available on the Nebraska FSA website at fsa.usda.gov/ne.
Farmers in the 17 counties now are eligible for Emergency (EM) Loans.
“Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA Service Center for detailed information about available programs and updated Secretarial Disaster Designations,” Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Dan Steinkruger, said in a written statement released by the FSA.
Other disaster assistance is available to help farmers recover from losses due to the drought.
Contact your local FSA Service Center or access additional information about FSA Disaster Assistance and Farm Loan programs at fsa.usda.gov.