On October 4, 2013, the Atlas Blizzard took a significant toll on livestock in northwest Nebraska. USDA Under Secretary Michael Scuse says those who experienced livestock loss will receive assistance through the Livestock Indemnity Program included in the newly passed Farm Bill. He says within the next 30 days they will have reporting guidelines established. They will require the number of livestock lost, age and breed. USDA realizes that some of the livestock was not recovered by owners so they are working on those filing requirements as well.
If all goes as planned Under Secretary Scuse says producers will be able to file for assistance through their Farm Service Agency office within 60 days. The program will cover 75% of the loss.
He says tens of thousands of cattle were lost in Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The storm dumped several inches of rain before upwards of 2 feet of snow covered the area.