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Ag Director: Nebraska livestock numbers still strong after tornadoes

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Nebraska's agriculture leader is optimistic about northeast Nebraska's livestock numbers despite massive casualties from last month's tornadoes.

Agriculture Director Greg Ibach is projecting nearly 1000 head of cattle were lost from tornadoes that swept through the counties of Stanton, Wayne, Dixon, Thurston, Cuming, and Cedar on June 16 and 17.

Ibach says while there were a few farmsteads reporting significant to devastating losses, overall livestock production for the northeast Nebraska region is favorable.

Greg Ibach, the Nebraska Agriculture Director said, "There's still a lot of livestock that weathered the storm or weren't affected by the storm. Overall the numbers and the production is still going to be strong there."

Ibach says the USDA has several assistance programs for producers who lost livestock in the recent tornadoes, including the new Livestock Indemnity Program.

Ibach said, "Each qualified producer can receive up to $125,000 in assistance. That's up to 75% of the value of those animals lost in the storm."

To be eligible for the LIP program, a livestock producer must have legally owned the eligible livestock on the day the livestock died.

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