Updated: Ranchers Will Recover from October Blizzard


According to state officials, ranchers in northwest Nebraska fared better than originally thought in the wake of an October blizzard that killed more than 2,200 cattle.

Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach said the region's economy will be able to recover and the effect, although locally devastating, is small relative to Nebraska agriculture as a whole.

The storm earlier this month dumped several feet of snow on the Western Plains and killed tens of thousands of cattle in western South Dakota.

In response, Governor Heinemann said Congress needs to pass a new Farm Bill to help provide disaster assistance to those producers.

Producers in northwest Nebraska can apply to receive aid from a relief fund created following the blizzard.

The Cattlemen's Relief Fund is set up to provide direct aid for families, carcass removal services, emergency fencing and assistance to producers with animal health and feed issues.

Applications for assistance are available through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's extension office in Chadron and can be sent to the Cattlemen's Relief Fund, P.O. Box 1125, Chadron, NE 69337.