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By LuAnn Schindler

Nebraska counties included in dought designation

Farmers may apply for assistance through end of November


April 13, 2023

Courtesy Graphic | UNL Drought Monitor

Dry ground • Drought conditions in Antelope and Holt counties, as of April 6, range from severe to extreme. The USDA declared 55 Nebraska counties primary natural disaster areas, due to drought, on March 31.

Antelope and Holt counties are two of the 55 Nebraska counties designated as primary natural disaster areas, due to a recent drought.

United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack notified Gov. Jim Pillen of the designation, March 31.

Based on the U.S. Drought Monitor data, counties included in the designation either suffered from a drought intensity value during the growing season for eight or more consecutive weeks or fell into extreme or exceptional drought categories.

According to Vilsack, the designation "makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties co...

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