As wildfires spread across south-central Nebraska earlier this year, the leadership of the Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund stepped up to help our cattle community.

The Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund announced they are now accepting applications for aid until September 30, 2022, from beef cattle producers who were affected by all fires reported through the Nebraska Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Watch Center.

An eligible recipient is a livestock operator located in a county or tribal area where state assistance was deployed by NEMA. Check the map to see if your area qualifies: WILDFIRE 2022 MAP.

Applicants may submit documentation for agriculture-related expenses not paid for by insurance or other governmental sources related to fencing, pens, agricultural structure repair, feed, livestock removal, or additional necessary agricultural-related costs directly associated with rebuilding from the natural disaster.

Applicants must demonstrate that expenses/losses incurred were related to agriculture production and directly caused by recent wildfires in the state of Nebraska.
Submitted applications will be reviewed individually by a committee convened by the Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund, and eligibility of expenses will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please check with a tax professional if you have concerns regarding tax liability resulting from the payments from the fund.

Applications must be completed and have all required documentation to be considered. Documentation can include copies of receipts for purchases of supplies, invoices for repairs, photos of damage, etc.

Membership with Nebraska Cattlemen is NOT required for an applicant to receive relief. Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2022. Please submit to: Nebraska Cattlemen, 4611 Cattle Drive, Lincoln, NE 68521

For additional resources and more ways to help click HERE.

For any questions, please contact the Nebraska Cattlemen office at (402) 475-2333 or email disasterrelief@necattlemen.org.