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High amount of disaster aid expected to be issued to farmers

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The head of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Nebraska says he expects a record amount of disaster aid to be issued to farmers.

John Berge tells Brownfield drought, wildfires and severe weather have hurt production agriculture. “The investments that are being made in terms of offsetting those disaster impacts whether it’s these types of programs or just crop insurance generally, I think we’re going to be amongst the highest since it’s so widespread.”

He says some producers can apply for phase one of the Emergency Relief Program by December 16th. “Those programs are not necessarily just drought-related, but related to wildfire or flooding that may have happened.”

Berge says demand for assistance through the Livestock Forage Programs is extremely high. “This is just not a year (long) drought or last year.  This is a multi-year drought that we’re seeing in the Southwest, North Central and even South-Central parts of Nebraska.”

He says producers in nearly 70 Nebraska counties that have a drought classification of D2 or greater are eligible for LFP. 

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