USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach, who is the former Nebraska Agriculture Director, says losses in the state are massive. “Fifty-six of our 93 counties have requested disaster declarations. The Nebraska Agriculture Department initial estimates are as much as $400 million in livestock impacts through losses, reduced productivity and anticipated death loss because of sickness looking forward.” Ibach says weather related cattle losses in South Dakota, Iowa and other cattle producing areas is also a struggle for cattle producers.
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