Ag Officials Say October Blizzard Will Have Lasting Impact on NW Nebraska


Agriculture officials in northwestern Nebraska say the October blizzard that killed thousands of cattle will have a lasting impact on the area.

Dawes County UNL extension educator Scott Cotton says due to the summer's drought and last year's wildfires, the storm has had a bigger impact.

About 3,000 animals in Nebraska and 15,500 in South Dakota are estimated to have died because of the blizzard.

Cotton says the problems are compounded by the fact that they must wait for Congress to approve a new farm bill before they can receive any significant aid.

Cotton says about 80 ranching families suffered major losses in the blizzard, and about 200 families were affected in some way. He says that represents a significant portion of the ranchers in Sioux and Dawes counties.