Nebraska Farmers, Ranchers Impacted By Wildfires To Receive Assistance

LINCOLN – Agricultural produces whose land was impacted by recent wildfires are being provided funding.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), funding is available to help produces plan and implement conservation practices on farms and ranches impacted by natural disasters.

EQIP funding is available to assist in this wildfire recovery effort by planting cover crops on impacted cropland and to defer grazing on rangeland.

State Conservationist for NRCS officials stated numerous fires have impacted farmers and ranchers across Nebraska over the past several weeks leaving ground vulnerable to erosion. The NRCS can assist landowners with installing conservation practices to help prevent any further damage to their agricultural land and aid in the recovery of rangeland productivity and soil health.

The NRCS staff will work one-on-one with landowners to assess the damage and develop approaches that lead to an effective recovery of the land.

The application signup for this wildfire assistance is happening now and will run through June 30, 2022.

Applications will be assessed, and even though some lands may be eligible for assistance, it is not guaranteed that all acres will receive financial assistance due to limited funding.

Interested landowners and operators should contact their local NRCS office in the USDA Service Center for applications and more information.