Merrick County Ag by Steve Melvin


Crop Residue Exchange now available for listing pasture rentals

The Crop Residue Exchange is an online engagement tool designed to increase accessibility to grazing resources. This online exchange was recently updated to now include the ability to list pasture for rent to livestock producers. Learn more at: Crop Residue Exchange now available for listing pasture rentals


Nebraska's pesticide container recycling program in its 28th year

Recycling plastic is the right thing to do -- especially when it diverts about 75,000 pounds of pesticide containers annually from Nebraska landfills. To learn more about the 18 sites available for recycling go to: Nebraska's pesticide container recycling program

Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Assistance Application Now Available

Report “Orphaned Containers” from Flood to


Nebraska Emergency Management Agency published a Request for Information (RFI)

Stuck on Stalks? Consider These Options for Managing the Piles of Cornstalks the Water Left in Your Fields

Without a doubt, the question of what to do with cornstalks that accumulated almost everywhere has been one of the most frequent questions following the March flooding in Nebraska, according to John Wilson, Extension Educator. Cornstalk accumulations have varied from a few inches to a few feet deep. This has and continues to pose a challenge for many farmers as they prepare for spring fieldwork and planting. For more information on how to handle the stalks, go to:


Repairing Flood/Spring Thaw-Damaged Fields

Missouri River bottom farmers learned from their experience in 2011 that they needed to work on things in three stages to repair flood-damaged fields. They included, 1. Remove debris and sediment, 2. Repair Erosion, and 3. Manage the Other Factors according to John Wilson, Extension Educator. For more information on what they learned go to:

Key Points:

-          Pertains to livestock losses before the recent blizzards and flood.

-          30 day loss reporting time period has been extended for losses prior to the blizzard and flood.

-          For livestock losses prior to the blizzard and flood need to contact FSA by April 29, 2019.


The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to eligible producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather, disease and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law. LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including losses due to hurricanes, floods, blizzards, wildfires, extreme heat or extreme cold.

For disease losses, FSA county committees can accept veterinarian certifications that livestock deaths were directly related to adverse weather and unpreventable through good animal husbandry and management. For 2019 livestock losses, eligible livestock owners must file a notice within 30 calendar days of when the loss is first apparent. Participants must provide the following supporting documentation to their local FSA office no later than 90 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the eligible loss condition occurred.

  • Proof of death documentation
  • Copy of growers contracts
  • Proof of normal mortality documentation

USDA has established normal mortality rates for each type and weight range of eligible livestock, i.e. Adult Beef Cow = 1.5% and Non-Adult Beef Cattle (less than 400 pounds) = 5%. These established percentages reflect losses that are considered expected or typical under “normal” conditions.

In addition to filing a notice of loss, producers must also submit an application for payment by March 1, 2020.  Additional Information about LIP is available at your local FSA office or online at:

Livestock Indemnity Program Fact Sheet

Nebraska Farm Service Agency Announces Livestock Indemnity Program Application Deadline for Producers Impacted by Extended Cold, Precipitation

USDA Announces Availability of Additional Emergency Programs in Nebraska
Management Recommendations for Irrigation Equipment Affected by Flooding 
Flood Damaged Grain & Hay Disposal

Key points:

  • Flood damaged grain & hay are rarely suitable to be used
  • Sometimes consuming flood-soaked hay or grain can lead to lethal poisoning
  • Piles of flood-soaked hay or grain can spontaneously ignite

For more information:

Construction and Demolition Waste in Nebraska

Key points:

  • It is important to know what construction and demolition (C&D)waste is
  • how to properly handled C&D
  • Where C&D can be legally disposed of

For more information:

Talking Points for Disposal of Flood Soaked Grains and Forages

Rick Koelsch, Amy Schmidt, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Options for Disposal of Animal Carcasses after the Storm

Key Points

-          Special wavier regarding hauling carcasses – you do not need to be licensed to transport carcasses to site of disposal.

-          Executive Order No. 19-03(March 20, 2019)provides farmers and ranchers a “reasonable amount of time” to dispose of deceased livestock due to severe weather and flooding. This order supersedes the existing State of Nebraska regulation requiring mortality disposal within 36 hours of learning of the death of the animal.

-          List of land-fills accepting carcasses.

-          List of rendering services.

-          When burial is the method of carcass disposal, read depth requirements and easements from water, streams, dwellings, etc.


Free Legal Help for Low-Income Flood Survivors from Legal Aid of Nebraska 

All survivors of Nebraska’s flooding can get free and immediately useful information on our website:

Low-income Nebraskans can apply for direct legal representation two ways:

Nebraska Extension has Many Resources to Help Deal with Flooding

The recent storm that dropped heavy rain on snow laying over frozen ground resulted in severe flooding in the area. Nebraska Extension has many online and printed resources to help you deal with flood damage on the Nebraska Extension flood web site ( You are also welcome to call the Merrick County Extension Office at 308-946-3843.

Travel safely

Travel in many areas across the state has been impacted and many roads will take time to be repaired. Nebraska 511 ( (website and app) features information on road conditions, including closures and detours of most of the major highways in the state, however county roads are not included.

  • Do not go around barricades. They are in place for a reason.
  • Do not compromise your safety trying to get the best look or photo of a washed out road. It is not worth it.
  • Turn around, don’t drown! Do not drive or walk through flood waters. 

Your health and well-being matter

Your health and well-being is important, and dealing with flood damage is tough, especially when added to the ongoing economic challenges facing rural Nebraska. In addition, disaster recovery can take a long time. Ask for help if you need it. Also, keep an eye on those around you to see how they are dealing with the problems and encourage them to get help if they need it. Support or information on mental and behavioral health can be found at this site.

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithU to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

The Nebraska Rural Response Hotline is a vital resource for individuals and families who are feeling overwhelmed with stress, depression, or other mental health related issues. When a farmer, rancher, or rural resident calls the Hotline, they are connected to an experienced staff person who is equipped to assist callers, providing confidential information and assistance. No- cost counseling vouchers are also available for individuals in crisis who wish to seek further support through a mental health professional. Call the Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.

For your home – flooding resources

The following additional resources may be useful in determining your action plan as you consider your home.

Land-grant university partners

The land-grant university system is strong, and the University of Nebraska peer institutions in other states have great resources on disaster recovery as well. If you are looking for specific blizzard or flood recovery information, include “university” or “Extension” in your online search. There is plenty of research-based, vetted information at your fingertips.

Volunteer and donate responsibly

Nebraskans are known for their volunteer spirit and willingness to help neighbors. While many people have good intentions when it comes to giving time and resources after disaster, actions may not align with what is really needed by individuals and communities. Nebraska VOAD (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) members, of which Nebraska Extension is a part, are coordinating ways to support those in need. Please take some time to read and share this information: