Natural Disasters

Farmer in field

Assistance Programs for Nebraska Producers Recovering from Wildfires, Drought

March 1, 2024
For producers affected by the recent wildfires in central Nebraska, and drought impacts across the state, there are numerous organizations that offer assistance, from hay and forage for livestock to help with planting crops.

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Wildfire in pasture

USDA Designates 10 Nebraska Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

April 29, 2022
Ten primary counties and 16 contiguous counties have been designated as natural disaster areas to allow producers access to emergency loans for recovery efforts.

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Wildfire damage
CropWatch file photo

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance to Nebraska Farmers and Livestock Producers Impacted by Drought, Wildfire

April 26, 2022
USDA has technical and financial assistance available to help Nebraska farmers and livestock producers across the state recover from recent wildfires and ongoing drought.

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Burned corn residue

Fire Damage and Crop Residue Impacts

April 22, 2022
Extension Educator Jenny Rees shares insights on the nutrient value of crop residue and soil impacts following fires and dry conditions across the state of Nebraska.

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Drought monitor
Courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor

USDA Designates Four Nebraska Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

October 14, 2021
Chase, Dundy, Hayes and Hitchcock counties were designated as primary natural disaster areas due to prolonged or extreme drought intensity throughout the growing season. Several other counties were also named as contiguous counties eligible for aid. 

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burned trees from the Mullen fire in Wyoming

Mullen and Cameron Peak Wildfires and Their Potential Effect on Nebraska Ag

November 12, 2020
The wild fires that took place late this summer and early fall, located in Colorado and Wyoming, are almost completely controlled, but they still might affect agriculture throughout Nebraska during the next growing season and for years to come.

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map showing affected counties

USDA Designates Six Nebraska Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

October 8, 2020
Producers in Colfax, Cuming, Dawes, Dodge, Stanton and Thurston counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for emergency loans.

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Donated hay bales accumulate at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center
Donated hay bales accumulate at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead following flooding in 2019. (Photo by Deloris Pittman - Nebraska Extension)

Nebraska Extension Launches Online Platform for Exchange of Carbon Sources Needed by Livestock Producers

May 14, 2020
Nebraska Extension is calling on farmers, municipalities, lawn care companies and others to donate or sell wood chips, hay, lawn waste and other carbon sources to livestock producers hit hard by COVID-19.

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