Steve Melvin, Irrigated Cropping Systems Extension Educator
Nebraska Extension has Many Resources to Help Deal with Flooding
Nebraska Extension has many online and printed resources to help you deal with flood damage on the Nebraska Extension disaster web site (https://disaster.unl.edu/). You are also welcome to call the Merrick County Extension Office at 308-946-3843.
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.
- Staying connected during tough times (https://cropwatch.unl.edu/staying-connected-during-tough-times)
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.
Nebraska On-Farm Research Network https://cropwatch.unl.edu/on-farm-research
IANR NEWS NOW
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
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.