LIVESTOCK DEATH TOLL FROM FLOOD MIGHT NOT BE KNOWN FOR DAYS

As Nebraska’s record floodwaters make their way downriver into Missouri, producers there will take stock of the losses they endured from last week’s heavy rains and blizzard.  Farm broadcaster Susan Littlefield says that’s when we’ll find out how extensive the losses to Nebraska’s livestock industry are.

Cattle producers isolated by the floodwaters are receiving hay and other supplies by way of airdrops from the Nebraska Air National Guard.  Rail disruptions continue, with Union Pacific and BNSF reporting lines closed if not completely washed out.  The state’s ag director estimates damage could exceed one billion dollars.

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue told Fox Business Network that Congress might need to pass a supplemental disaster bill to cover the losses, as existing safety net programs might not be enough to cover the damage.  Closer to home, Missouri Governor Mike Parson has declared a state of emergency as major flooding continues this weekend along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, with rain in the forecast.