A new initiative in Nebraska is keeping farmers top of mind as they rebuild their lives after massive flooding this spring. The initiative is called Stay Strong Nebraska. A new website, Stay Strong Nebraska, provides easy access to the Nebraska Farm Disaster Relief Fund and the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Disaster Relief Fund. All donations given through the website will stay right in Nebraska. Officials estimate severe flooding caused $1.4 billion in damages across Nebraska. The damage assessment includes livestock and crop loss, as well as infrastructure damage. However, it doesn’t reflect personal property losses like homes and farm buildings. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson has met with dozens of families who say that while there is insurance to cover some cattle and crops, it doesn’t come close to covering all the losses. “Because of the severity of the flooding, many farmers will likely be unable to plant all of their lands this year, while many livestock producers face reduced production as a result of the disaster,” Nelson says. “People helping people, either through donations of resources or money, makes a big difference.” Pete McClymont, Executive Vice President of the Nebraska Cattlemen, says the response from the community has been “generous and heart-warming.”
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting.