NRCS Offering Assistance to Livestock Producers Following Tornadoes

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In the wake of two straight nights of destructive tornadoes in northeast Nebraska, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service officials announced that assistance is available for producers who suffered livestock mortality from the tornadoes earlier this week. With hundreds of cattle and poultry lost during the storms, NRCS state conservationist, Craig Derickson, said that $100,000 in assistance is available to help producers properly dispose of animal carcasses. Producers have until July 18 to apply.

This assistance is available through a special livestock mortality initiative through NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQIP. It is currently available to producers in Stanton, Wayne, Dixon, Thurston, Cuming and Cedar counties in northeast Nebraska, but more counties could be added to the eligibility area if additional severe storms strike before the July 18 signup deadline.
NRCS programs can help livestock producers hit by tornadoes with carcass removal and cleanup. NRCS programs can help livestock producers hit by tornadoes with carcass removal and cleanup.

According to Derickson, this initiative provides technical and financial assistance to help producers dispose of livestock carcasses on their farm in a safe manner. "Livestock producers with animal mortalities need to come to the NRCS office and sign up for the special initiative in order to be eligible to participate in the program. It is important for producers to understand the technical requirements for the animal composting practice," Derickson says. "We want to make sure that producers have the assistance and information needed to dispose of animal carcasses in a manner that doesn't cause health and environmental concerns," he says.

"Getting signed up for the program at NRCS allows the producer to proceed with properly disposing of livestock. Once funds become available, a contract will be developed with the livestock owner and payment will be approved once the project has been completed according to NRCS specifications," Derickson says. Impacted producers should visit their local NRCS office, so officials can work one-on-one with producers to develop a recovery plan that best meets their needs. Derickson says that NRCS can also help producers deal with other aspects of storm cleanup by assisting with windbreak damage, replacing fences and repairing terraces and other conservation practices. Contact your local USDA NRCS office for more details.

Source – Nebraska NRCS

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