Across the Midwest, farmers, ranchers, and rural communities have been standing strong in the face of rising floodwaters. As producers and homeowners rush to rescue property, equipment, livestock, and more, many may find themselves asking what resources are available after this historic natural disaster.
Providing rural people with resources in times of need is a crucial component of the work we do at the Center for Rural Affairs. As we work to rebuild our vibrant rural communities after this disaster, we know that many may need help.
Here are a few resources for you:
Farm Aid is an organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on the land, visit their website or call 800.FARM.AID. The organization has started a family farm disaster fund to accept donations. Farm Aid recommends farmers and ranchers follow eight steps after a natural disaster, check out our blog here.
Farm Rescue is an organization whose mission is to help farmers and ranchers who have experienced a major illness, injury, or natural disaster by providing the necessary equipment and manpower to plant hay or harvest their crop. Livestock feeding assistance is also available to ranchers. The group is currently offering free hay delivery to farmers and ranchers impacted by the recent floods.
Those wanting to apply for assistance, sign up to be a volunteer CDL driver or make a monetary donation can visit Farm Rescue or call 701.252.2017. If you have hay to donate, contact Levi Wielenga, operations manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 712.389.1024.
Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI)
The Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) is an organization that provides a variety of disaster assistance programs. This group is known internationally for their expertise of helping farmers and ranchers navigate a natural disaster. Watch their webinar series, “Disaster Recovery Resource Videos," also can be a good resource for small businesses and homeowners. RAFI also offers a step-by-step guide for farmers and ranchers who are documenting disaster loss on their operations.
Salvation Army - Nebraska and Iowa
American Red Cross – Nebraska and Southwest Iowa
State of Nebraska - Nebraska Strong Webpage
Business, housing, and individual relief resources
Small Business Administration Disaster Loan program - Apply online
- Fact Sheet: Disaster Loans; check out the fact sheet in Spanish/en espanol
- List of Disaster and Business Recovery Centers
- Disaster declaration
- Available disaster loans through the Small Business Administration:
- Business Physical Disaster Loans – Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.
- Home Disaster Loans – Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate and personal property, including automobiles.
Small business resources
Center for Rural Affairs Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) - staff are available throughout Nebraska to assist businesses with free one-on-one counseling. Contact the representative in your area for assistance. Bilingual services are available.
Business-oriented disaster toolkit from Carolina Small Business
Iowa Beef Center - Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool
- USDA Emergency Loan program for eligible farmers and ranchers.
- Fact Sheet: Livestock Indemnity Program
- Fact Sheet: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program
- Fact Sheet: USDA Disaster Assistance
- Fact Sheet: USDA Tree Assistance Program
- Ask the Experts at USDA
- Producers located in counties receiving a primary or contiguous diaster designation are eligible for low-interest emergency loans to help recover from production and physical losses.
- The Emergency Conservation Program provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters.
- Compensation is also available to producers who purchased coverage through FSA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, which protects non-insurable crops against natural disasters that result in lower yields, crop losses or prevented planting. Eligible producers must have purchased NAP coverage for 2019 crops.
- Technical and financial assistance available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
- USDA Approves Disaster SNAP, School Meals Waiver for Nebraska Disaster Areas
- Visit your local USDA office or visit farmers.gov/recover
Wellness, health, and mental health resources
Nebraska Disaster Behavioral Health - 800.464.0258
Iowa Concern - 800.447.1885 (legal issues, finance, stress, and crisis/disaster)
Nebraska Family Helpline - 888.866.8660
Nebraska Rural Response Hotline - 800.464.0258
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - 800.985.5990
Partner resource compilations
University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Flooding in Nebraska resources for families & individuals, homeowners, businesses & communities, and agriculture
Northeast Nebraska Economic Development Network - has compiled a list of diaster resources for farm & ranch, businesses, and contractors