Winter Storm Impacts Livestock Producers - Assistance
On January 13, 2024, Governor Pillen issued a State of Emergency Declaration in response to Nebraska's severe winter weather. Livestock producers are dealing with dangerous temperatures, snow and impacts are becoming critical which can impact the food supply chain. Nebraska Department of Agriculture is gathering information from producers to help prioritize livestock assistance requirements. Producers can reach out to NDA at 800-831-0550 for more information or call their local emergency manager.
Disaster Assistance for Drought and Wildfire Recovery
To accelerate the FSA disaster assistance process, please be prepared to provide important documents, such as farm records, herd inventory, receipts and pictures of damages or losses.
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)
Producers who experience livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality due to wildfires may be eligible for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). To participate in LIP, producers will be required to provide verifiable documentation of death losses resulting from an eligible adverse weather event and must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is apparent.
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)
The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides eligible producers with compensation for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture. For drought-impacted areas, ELAP also covers above normal costs to transport feed and water to livestock or haul livestock to forage or other grazing acres.
For ELAP, producers will need to file a notice of loss within 30 days and honeybee losses within 15 days.
Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP)
Livestock producers may also be eligible for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for 2022 grazing losses due to drought when grazing land or pastureland is physically located in a county rated by the U.S. Drought Monitor as having a D2 intensity for eight consecutive weeks, D3 drought intensity or greater. FSA maintains a list of counties eligible for LFP and makes updates each Thursday.
FSA also offers a variety of direct and guaranteed farm loans, including operating and emergency farm loans, to producers unable to secure commercial financing. Producers in counties with a primary or contiguous disaster designation may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans to help them recover from production and physical losses. Loans can help producers replace essential property, purchase inputs like livestock, equipment, feed and seed, cover family living expenses or refinance farm-related debts and other needs. Additionally, FSA has a variety of loan servicing options available for borrowers who are unable to make scheduled payments on their farm loan debt to FSA because of reasons beyond their control.
Nebraska Department of Ag Resources
Visit the NDA website for a list of additional resources for farmers and ranchers.
Looking for information on forages and pastures? Visit the Crops section.
A list of things for cattle producers to consider when dealing with the aftermath of the flood.
After this spring’s blizzards and flooding, fence rebuilding is a priority for many livestock producers. In setting new fences, questions may come up regarding opportunities for financial assistance as well as neighbor responsibilities as outlined in Nebraska fencing laws. This article discusses a USDA cost-share program, Nebraska fencing law, and considerations as you assess the damage.
Donations of hay and feed have been coming in at the University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) near Mead, NE to help those affected by the flood. If you are a cattle producer, you may be asking what is available and what do I need? This document was prepared to help producers determine feeding strategies based on donated hay, feeds, and supplements currently available.
This article outlines the considerations for determining if wet feed and hay can be used.
This article describes how to dispose of feeds that have been exposed to contaminated flood water.
This article outlines how to supplement cows in early lactation receiving medium quality grass hay to meet their nutritional requirements.
The state of Nebraska allows for disposal of dead animals via several methods including composting, burial, rendering, landfill and incineration. Information comparing the mortality management options and a list of rendering services and landfills in the state provided.
Five methods are approved for the routine disposal of livestock carcasses in Nebraska: composting, burial, incineration, rendering and land-filling. In an emergency situation – such as when livestock losses occur due to extreme weather or another non-disease related event – these five options still exist, but may not be suitable in all situations. The feasibility of carcass disposal via incineration, rendering or land-filling will depend on existing infrastructure or resources and, therefore, will not be discussed here. Acceptable processes for emergency composting and burial of livestock carcasses are described here.
The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including extreme cold and flooding. Information on determining what is needed and how to quantify losses can be found in the article.
Colorado State University Extension describes preparations to handle livestock in varying types of disasters. Proper handling of livestock during weather events can reduce risk and ensure safety.
Flood-Related Diseases in Poultry and Livestock
Iowa State University Extension describes how animals may be exposed to and acquire flood-related diseases. Feed, water, and space needs are important to reducing flood-related diseases.
Livestock and Farm Buildings after a Flood
Iowa State University Extension describes considerations for safety and servicing of buildings when they were covered or sitting in water during a flood.
Many areas of Nebraska have experienced higher than normal precipitation events recently, with some areas receiving rainfall that far exceeded a 25-year, 24-hour storm event. This abnormally wet weather pattern has caused drainage and flooding issues in some parts of the state. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and Nebraska Extension would like to remind producers and landowners to be vigilant in monitoring lagoon and runoff holding pond levels.