Nebraska Cattlemen Thanks Governor Ricketts for Aid to Small Livestock Producers
Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the availability of $100 million for livestock producers under the Nebraska Coronavirus Relief Fund Program.
Under the new program, beef, pork, poultry, dairy, and sheep/goat producers with between 1 and 10 employees are eligible for a $12,000 grant from the state.
Funding for this program comes from the state-administered Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), created by Congress through the CARES Act with the intent to provide direct relief to states and local governments.
Nebraska’s total share of CRF funds is $1.25 billion.
“Thank you to Governor Pete Ricketts for recognizing the extreme economic hardship that livestock producers have weathered over the past months. Severe market deterioration’s coinciding with historic high beef prices for consumers and low cattle prices for producers have ravaged Nebraska’s top industry. Smaller operations, in particular, are having an impossible time managing the per head losses stemming from this major market upheaval. Today’s announcement will help get direct relief out to those producers who have been lost in the gap,” said Ken Herz, Nebraska Cattlemen President.
Nebraska Cattlemen will keep our members up to date as full details of the program, including the application process, are announced.