USDA designates 22 Nebraska counties as primary natural disaster areas
This secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, these counties suffered from a drought intensity value during the growing season of 1) D2 Drought-Severe for eight or more consecutive weeks or 2) D3 Drought-Extreme or D4 Drought-Exceptional.
Impacted Area: Nebraska
Triggering Disaster: Drought
Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2023
Primary Counties Eligible: Burt,Dixon, Kearney, Stanton, Cherry, Garden, Kimball,Thomas, Cheyenne, Hall, Logan, Thurston, ColfaxHamilton, Morrill, Wayne, Cuming, Harlan, Phelps, York, Dakota, Hooker
Contiguous Counties Also Eligible:
Nebraska: Adams, Butler, Fillmore, Keya,Paha Polk, Arthur, CedarFranklin, Lincoln, Saline, Banner, Clay, Furnas, McPherson, Scotts Bluff, Blaine, Custer, Gosper, Madison, Seward, Box Butte, Dawson, Grant, Merrick, Sheridan, Brown, Deuel, Howard, Pierce, Washington, Buffalo, Dodge, Keith, Platte, Webster
Colorado: Logan, Sedgwick and Weld
Iowa: Harrison, Monona and Woodbury
Kansas: Norton and Phillips
South Dakota: Bennett, Clay, Oglala Lakota, Todd, Tripp and Union
More Resources: On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster Assistance-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Farm Loan Discovery Tool can help you determine program or loan options. To file a Notice of Loss or to ask questions about available programs, contact your local USDA Service Center.
Bromegrass is headed out and native meadows are beginning to grow rapidly with warmer temperatures the past couple weeks. Is now the time to make grass hay?
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