Farming Webinar Gives Tips on Missouri River Flood Recovery

Farming Webinar Gives Tips on Missouri River Flood Recovery

Farmers and government officials will explain programs, including farming and crop insurance options, to help affected landowners.

"Farming after the Flood--Farmer Perspectives and Agency Resources" will be the focus of a Dec. 14, multi-state webinar for those affected by the 2011 Missouri River flood.

The webinar will feature two producers who are repairing their farmland and representatives from key USDA agencies and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who are working with producers whose farmland sustained flood damage.

"Many farmers and landowners may be facing several inches of sediment and sand, scour holes and ponds, and wondering what resources are available to help them proactively address these problems and prepare for the 2012 crop season," says Craig Derickson, Nebraska state conservationist with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. "We have assembled a lot of important information to help farmers affected by the 2011 flood move forward." 

The webinar will be from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14, at more than 20 sites in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and South Dakota. Second in a series, it is being sponsored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and Iowa State Extension in cooperation with NRCS, Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

Presentations will include a farmer panel and information from speakers on government resources and programs, points to consider when planning for the 2012 cropping season, and how to remain in compliance with farm bill programs while bringing flooded acres back to productivity. The sessions will be followed by a question and answer period. In addition, fact sheets and resources for further information will be distributed to participants at each site. 

For farmers with crop insurance and risk management questions, two representatives from the USDA Risk Management will discuss current programs. 

"Planning will be particularly important this year," according to Rebecca Davis, director of the USDA Risk Management Agency regional office in Topeka, Kan. Crop insurance topics to be discussed will include prevented planting requirements, 2012 premium rates, breached levees, and exclusion options for high risk lands. Davis urges growers in flooded areas to contact their crop insurance agent in advance of the March 15 Sales Closing Date so they can develop a plan best suited to their situation. 

The webinar also will include:

  • A farmer panel with Scott Olson of Tekamah, Neb., and Lyle McIntosh of Missouri Valley, Iowa, on how they are repairing fields physically and biologically
  • An overview of flood recovery programs, including levee repair, land clearing, and soil restoration assistance available from NRCS, FSA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Long-term land retirement programs available from NRCS, FSA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Flooding impacts on crop insurance 
  • How to remain in compliance with farm bill programs

"This information should help producers make the best choices for their land," says John Wilson, UNL extension educator working on flood recovery. 

For more information on this webinar and additional host sites as they become available, as well as links to archived segments and fact sheets from the first webinar, visit: http://flood.unl.edu/crops,  a UNL extension website, or http://www.extension.iastate.edu/topic/recovering-disasters , an Iowa State University Extension website.

The current list of participation sites:

Nebraska:

  • Auburn--Educational Service Unit #4, 919 16th St., contact Gary Lesoing, 402-274-4755, [email protected]  
  • Beatrice--UNL Extension Office in Gage County, 1115 W. Scott St., contact Paul Hay, 402-239-1341, [email protected]  
  • Blair--Blair City Hall Council Chambers, 218 S. 16th St., contact Steve Tonn, 402-426-9455, [email protected]  
  • Center--Knox County Courthouse Annex, 308 Bridge St., contact: Ruth Vonderohe, 402-288-5611, [email protected]  
  • Dakota City--USDA Service Center, 1505 Broadway, contact Keith Jarvi or Carol Larvick, 402-987-2140, [email protected] or [email protected]  
  • Falls City--Richardson County Courthouse, 1700 Stone St., Lower Level, contact Lindsay Chichester, 402-254-4324, [email protected]  
  • Hartington--Cedar County Courthouse Annex Meeting Room, 101 E. Centre, contact Jackie Steffen, 402-254-6821, [email protected]  
  • Omaha--Douglas/Sarpy Extension Office, 8015 W. Center Road, contact Monte Stauffer, 402-444-7804, [email protected]  
  • Syracuse--UNL Extension Office in Otoe County, 180 Chestnut St., contact Sarah Purcell, 402-269-2301, [email protected]  
  • Tekamah--Tekamah City Auditorium, 1315 K St., contact: John Wilson, 402-374-2929, [email protected]  

Iowa 

  • Council Bluffs--West Pottawattamie Extension Office, 3501 Harry Langdon Blvd., Ste. 100, contact Cheri Boyer, 712-366-7070, [email protected]  
  • Logan--Harrison County Extension Office, 304 E. 7th St., contact Rich Pope, 712-644-2105, [email protected]  
  • Malvern--Mills County Extension Office, 415 Main St., contact Sherry Ford, 712-624-8616, [email protected]  
  • Onawa--Monona County Extension Office, 119 Iowa Ave., contact Melanie Holt, 712-423-2175, [email protected],  or Cheri Hardison, [email protected]  
  • Sidney--Fremont County Extension Office, 610 Clay St., contact Anne Chambers, 712-374-2351, [email protected]astate.edu  
  • Sioux City--Woodbury County Extension Office, 4301 Sergeant Road, contact Adrienne Jansen, 712-276-2157, [email protected] , or Kristi Van Zanten at [email protected]  

Kansas

  • Atchison--Atchison Board of Education, 626 Commercial St., contact Carl "Ray" Ladd, 913-833-5450, [email protected]  
  • Wathena -- Wathena City Hall Meeting Room, 206 St. Joseph St., contact Mindy Young, 785-985-3623, [email protected]  

Missouri

* Rockport--Atchison County Extension Center, 201 Hwy 136 East, contact Jim Crawford, 660-744-6213, [email protected]

  • St. Joseph--Buchanan County Extension Center, 4125 Mitchell Avenue, contact Bob Kelly, 816-279-1691, [email protected]  
  • Oregon--Holt County Extension Center, 101 E. Missouri, contact Wayne Flanary, 660-446-3724, [email protected]  

South Dakota

  • Aberdeen--SDSU Extension Aberdeen Regional Center, 13 2nd Ave. SE., contact Mark Rosenberg, 605-626-2870, [email protected]  
  • Mitchell -- SDSU Extension Mitchell Regional Center, 821 N. Capital St., contact Heather Larson, 605-995-7378, [email protected]  
  • Pierre--SDSU Extension Pierre Regional Center, 412 W. Missouri, contact Ruth Beck, 605-773-8120, [email protected]  
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