Flood Relief deadlines are approaching for ag producers

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NORFOLK, Nebraska (KTIV) – Damage from March flooding has affected so many Siouxlanders, including farmers and ranchers.

For those still recovering, the deadline to apply for assistance is quickly approaching.

In Norfolk, Nebraska, farmers attended an informational meeting about flood damage on Thursday morning.

Now that fields are drying up, the real damage is being assessed.

Recovery teams say they have spoken to residents who found up to 18-inches of sand on their land.

Others have found 10-foot deep gullies and damaged bridges.

A number of programs are offering help for farmers, including one that will provide assistance during this planting season.

“The main one that just came out is the preventive planting for disaster so if you can’t get your crop planted or say harvested we offer that program where you can plant cover crops and then we make a payment on that for one two or three years,” said Robin Sutherland, the NRCS District Conservationist.

While assistance is available, the deadlines for the programs are time sensitive.

“There’s a lot of deadlines that are coming up very quickly, like the livestock indemnity program, notice of loss of this coming Monday the 29th of April. That’s notification that’s not the actual application deadline the application deadline is later in May,” says Wayne Ohnesorg, Extension Education with Nebraska Extension.

To apply for the programs, head over to your local NRCS office.

A link to a full list of assistance programs can be found at https://flood.unl.edu/livestock. 

Danielle Saitta

Danielle Saitta

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