Flood Disaster Webinars Offered

Dec. 14 online educational seminar explores government resources to aid flood recovery.

Published on: Dec 9, 2011

"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 be from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at three sites in Missouri and at other sites in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. The second in a series, it is being sponsored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and Iowa State Extension in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  

Participating sites in Missouri are:

* Rockport -- Atchison County Extension Center, 201 Hwy 136 East, contact Jim Crawford, 660-744-6213, e-mail: crawfordj@missouri.edu

* St. Joseph -- Buchanan County Extension Center, 4125 Mitchell Avenue, contact Bob Kelly, 816-279-1691, e-mail: kellyr@missouri.edu

* Oregon -- Holt County Extension Center, 101 E. Missouri, contact Wayne Flanary, 660-446-3724, e-mail: flanaryw@missouri.edu

The webinar will feature two producers 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," said Craig Derickson, Nebraska state conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service. "We have assembled a lot of important information to help farmers affected by the 2011 flood move forward."

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 RMA will discuss current programs. "Planning will be particularly important this year," said Rebecca Davis, director of the USDA RMA 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 urged 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 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

* Additional resources

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

FYI

http://flood.unl.edu/crops,  a UNL extension website, or http://www.extension.iastate.edu/topic/recovering-disasters

Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension