Updated 4/12/19 Contact us at 515-296-2266 or iacattlemen@iacattlemen.org.

Disaster Resources

Recent weather events have caused destruction in Nebraska and Iowa. We have compiled a list of resources for producers who wish to donate to relief efforts or who are in need of relief themselves.

Governor Reynolds has issued disaster proclamations for 52 counties. This allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the severe weather. If you are in the affected counties, you may qualify for assistance. Click here for more info.

The governor also requested an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for 56 counties, which was granted, providing federal recovery assistance to the state.

Click here for more information about state and federal disaster proclamations.
Resources for Iowa Farmers
Although Iowa has also been affected by flooding, reports from our southwest Iowa leaders indicate that livestock losses have been minimal and most of the damage is occurring within communities. However, we do want to make sure that resources are available to producers who need them.
  • EMERGENCY CRP GRAZING is allowed in Iowa through May 14. Click here for more information.
  • The Iowa Department of Agriculture has put together a landing page of resources for flooding. The link can be found here.
  • The state FSA office has indicated that producers may be eligible for disaster relief programs including Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), and Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP). Fact sheets can be found here: (LIP) & (LFP) The USDA Midwest Climate Hub also has a helpful guidebook on these programs and others.
  • The Iowa Beef Center has a website devoted to flood resources and management tips following a flood. Find that here.
  • As a reminder, if your grain comes in contact with flood waters it may be contaminated and should not be fed to livestock. Any questions regarding how to properly dispose of grain should be directed to your local DNR office. 
  • Farm Bureau created a message board where people can coordinate efforts and share supplies.
  • Iowa Concern Hotline offers stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics.
Looking Ahead:

NOAA predicts widespread flooding this spring. "Additional spring rain and melting snow will prolong and expand flooding, especially in the central and southern U.S. As this excess water flows downstream through the river basins, the flood threat will become worse and geographically more widespread." Read more here.
There are three different organizations accepting donations for cattlemen affected by extreme weather in Nebraska. Feel free to donate to the organization of your choice.

Nebraska Dept of Ag
Nebraska Farm Bureau
Nebraska Cattlemen's Association