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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • All Nebraska counties now in national drought disaster area

  • All of Nebraska's 93 counties have become eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance following drought designations in August.Farm Service Agency State Director Dan Steinkruger announced that nine additional counties were designated as "primary natural disaster areas" due to drought...
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  • All of Nebraska's 93 counties have become eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance following drought designations in August.
    Farm Service Agency State Director Dan Steinkruger announced that nine additional counties were designated as "primary natural disaster areas" due to drought. They include Cass, Saline, Sarpy, Douglas and Otoe counties.
    There are 85 counties in the primary designation and six counties eligible because of their proximity to the disaster area. They are Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Nuckolls and Thayer.
    Pawnee and Richardson counties are eiglible because of their proximity to disaster drought areas in Kansas and Missouri.
    A current Nebraska map listing the approved counties is available on the Nebraska FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/ne.
     
    In response to the expanding ongoing drought conditions affecting crop and livestock producers across Nebraska, USDA has implemented various actions and programs. 
    Specifically, counties have been allowed to emergency hay and graze CRP acres and Emergency (EM) Loans are authorized for eligible producers. 
    Steinkruger stated, “as conditions continue to deteriorate, producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA Service Center for detailed information about available programs and updated Secretarial disaster designations.”   
    USDA has responded to drought conditions by reducing EM loan interest rates, reducing CRP payment reductions and expanding the list of practices eligible for CRP haying and grazing.  In addition, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) acres are available for modification in response to drought conditions.
     
    In addition to the Emergency (EM) Loan Program, the FSA has other loan programs and disaster assistance programs which can be considered in assisting farmers to recover from their losses.
     
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