NRCS Assistance for Livestock Producers Impacted by June Tornadoes
Nebraska NRCS is offering $100,000 in assistance to properly dispose of deceased livestock.
LINCOLN, June 18, 2014- Officials with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced assistance is available for producers who suffered livestock mortality losses from the tornadoes that struck northeast Nebraska earlier this week. Craig Derickson, NRCS State Conservationist said that $100,000 in assistance is now available to help producers properly dispose of animal carcasses. Impacted producers have until July 18, 2014, to apply.
This assistance is available through a special Livestock Mortality Initiative through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). This Initiative is currently available to producers in Stanton, Wayne, Dixon, Thurston, Cuming and Cedar counties in northeast Nebraska. If additional severe storm events occur prior to the July 18 application deadline, more counties can be included in the sign up eligibility area.
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. 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,” Derickson said.
He went on to explain, “Getting signed up for the program at NRCS allows the producer to proceed with properly disposing of livestock. Once funds are 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.”
Impacted producers should visit their local NRCS office located in the USDA Service Center. There, NRCS will work one-on-one with producers to develop a recovery plan that best meets the needs of their operation.
NRCS can also provide assistance to producers impacted by other recent severe weather events. For example, NRCS can help with windbreak damage, replacing fences and repairing terraces and other conservation practices.
“The bottom line is that NRCS is here to help producers recover from these devastating storm events,” Derickson said.
For more information about EQIP and the other available conservation programs, visit your local NRCS field office or www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov.