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USDA funds to help with livestock mortality

Posted: 1:46 PM, Mar 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-23 14:46:24-04
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Farmers and ranchers across Nebraska and southwest Iowa are getting a better look at damage endured by their operations as flood waters recede and snow melts.

One of the largest losses experienced by landowners throughout last week's extreme weather events has been livestock death. A press release from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) says they have assistance available to help landowners cope with the loss.

Through NRCS' Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), farmers and ranchers can apply for help to properly dispose of dead livestock.

Applications are being accepted through April 5, with the second cut-off date being May 1. If there is demand and available funding, additional application cutoff dates may be announced.

Those who haven't already disposed of livestock can now apply for EQIP. Producers can then get a waiver allowing them to start working to dispose of livestock carcasses before having an EQIP contract approved.

Those suffering other damages due to flooding and blizzards -- like damaged fencing, water sources, or windbreaks -- can also seek assistance from NRCS through general EQIP funding. The general EQIP sign-up period is continuous with no cutoff date.

For more information, visit this website.