IBACH: BLIZZARD LOSSES LESS THAN FEARED BUT STILL HARD ON SOME RANCHERS

Posted 6 months ago

By John Axtell

Greg Ibach headshotNebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach says that although this month’s blizzard in the northern Panhandle killed at least 2,200 cattle in Dawes and Sioux Counties, ranchers still fared better than originally feared since early projections were as many as 7-to-10,000 cattle deaths.

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Ibach was quick to add at a news conference Wednesday morning in Lincoln that while the overall impact may have been less than feared, the storm was still devastating to individual ranchers.

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Ibach said the economy of the northern Panhandle will recover, and the overall effect on Nebraska’s economy and agriculture as a whole will be small

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Gov. Dave Heineman says Congress needs to pass a new farm bill, which previously has made disaster assistance available to compensate producers for their losses.