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Assistance available to farmers with storm-damaged crops

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Farmers and producers who lost crops to severe weather during the 2014 growing season can get some help out from the USDA.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will financially assist producers with planting cover crops to reestablish cover lost during drought, flood, tornado, hail, and high winds.

Farmers have until August 15th to apply for the 'Storm Damage Cover Crop Initiative.'

Nebraska State Conservationist Craig Derickson said, “Nebraska’s producers know that weather in the Great Plains can be extreme, but this year has been especially devastating. In some areas, crops have been totally destroyed, leaving bare ground exposed.

“NRCS can help farmers and ranchers recover from these storm events by establishing cover crops to protect soil health. If soil health is degraded, the impact of this year’s extreme weather events will be felt for years to come.”

For more information about the Storm Damage Cover Crop Initiative and the other programs available from NRCS, visit your local USDA Service Center or

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