By Greg Henderson, Drovers, Editorial Director


Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts calls the recent flooding the “most widespread disaster we have had in our state’s history.”

The Nebraska Cattlemen and the Nebraska Farm Bureau have announced disaster relief funds for cattlemen affected by the flood.

“Recent snow and flooding have wreaked havoc on Nebraska’s livestock industry, causing damage and losses for countless producers across the state.  We know the needs are great, and we hope this new fund will help Nebraska’s cattle producers who are suffering,” said Mike Drinnin, Nebraska Cattlemen President.

The Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund is organized in the State of Nebraska as a not-for-profit corporation and will be seeking to qualify as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable org under which all donations made to the Fund would be tax deductible for the donor in accordance with applicable federal tax laws. All of the proceeds will go to cattlemen and women of Nebraska who are dealing with the devastation of the flooding.

To donate write a check to Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund and mail it to:

Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund

4611 Cattle Drive

Lincoln, NE 68521

The Nebraska Farm Bureau established a Disaster Relief Fund at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, and is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit. Any donations made to the fund are tax-deductible. To donate, mail checks to:

Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation

Attn: Disaster Relief Fund

P.O. Box 80299

Lincoln, NE 68501-0299

If you need immediate assistance or can volunteer to help, please call the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 1-800-831-0550.

NDA’s Hay and Forage Hotline, 402-471-4876, connects buyers with sellers of hay, pasture and other types of forage. This Hotline service is available at no cost to buyers and sellers.

Further resources and assistance can be found by calling the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline at (800) 464-0258. The hotline is resource for individuals and families who may be feeling overwhelmed with stress, depression, or other mental health related issues.