“Farming after the Flood – Farmer Perspectives and Agency Resources” is the focus of a multi-state webinar for those affected by the 2011 Missouri River flood. The webinar is 1:30 3:30 p.m. December 14. It can be viewed at more than 20 sites in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Missouri viewing sites include:
- Rockport at the Atchison County Extension Center, 201 Hwy 136 East, contact Jim Crawford, 660-744-6213, [email protected]
- St. Joseph at the Buchanan County Extension Center, 4125 Mitchell Avenue, contact Bob Kelly, 816-279-1691, [email protected]
- Oregon at the Holt County Extension Center, 101 E. Missouri, contact Wayne Flanary, 660-446-3724, [email protected]
The webinar will feature two producers in the process of 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. “The flood has made its mark on many acres of agricultural land in northwestern Missouri, and we want landowners to be aware of the resources that are available to help them address their problems and prepare for the 2012 crop season,” J.R. Flores, Missouri state conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, said. Flores said some of the issues landowners will need to deal with include scours and holes carved by overflowing levees; debris; and sediment and sand deposits in fields.
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 into 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 Agency will discuss current programs.
“Planning will be particularly important this year,” Rebecca Davis, director of the USDA Risk Management Agency regional office in Topeka, Kan., said. Crop insurance topics to be discussed will include prevented planting requirements, 2012 premium rates, breached levees, and exclusion options for high risk lands.
Viewing sites in Missouri’s neighboring states include:
- Council Bluffs at the West Pottawattamie Extension Office, 3501 Harry Langdon Blvd., Ste. 100, contact Cheri Boyer, 712-366-7070, [email protected]
- Logan at the Harrison County Extension Office, 304 E. 7th St., contact Rich Pope, 712-644-2105, [email protected]
- Malvern at the Mills County Extension Office, 415 Main St., contact Sherry Ford, 712-624-8616, [email protected]
- Onawa at the Monona County Extension Office, 119 Iowa Ave., contact Melanie Holt, 712-423-2175, [email protected], or Cheri Hardison, [email protected]
- Sidney at the Fremont County Extension Office, 610 Clay St., contact Anne Chambers, 712-374-2351, [email protected]
- Sioux City at the Woodbury County Extension Office, 4301 Sergeant Road, contact Adrienne Jansen, 712-276-2157, [email protected], or Kristi Van Zanten at [email protected]
- Atchison at the Atchison Board of Education, 626 Commercial St., contact Carl “Ray” Ladd, 913-833-5450, [email protected]
- Wathena at the Wathena City Hall Meeting Room, 206 St. Joseph St., contact Mindy Young, 785-985-3623, [email protected]
- Auburn at Educational Service Unit #4, 919 16th St., contact Gary Lesoing, 402-274-4755, [email protected]
- Beatrice at the UNL Extension Office in Gage County, 1115 W. Scott St., contact Paul Hay, 402-239-1341, [email protected]
- Blair at the Blair City Hall Council Chambers, 218 S. 16th St., contact Steve Tonn, 402-426-9455, [email protected]
- Center at Knox County Courthouse Annex, 308 Bridge St., contact: Ruth Vonderohe, 402-288-5611, [email protected]
- Dakota City at the USDA Service Center, 1505 Broadway, contact Keith Jarvi or Carol Larvick, 402-987-2140, [email protected] or [email protected]
- Falls City at the Richardson County Courthouse, 1700 Stone St., Lower Level, contact Lindsay Chichester, 402-254-4324, [email protected]
- Hartington at the Cedar County Courthouse Annex Meeting Room, 101 E. Centre, contact Jackie Steffen, 402-254-6821, [email protected]
- Omaha at the Douglas/Sarpy Extension Office, 8015 W. Center Road, contact Monte Stauffer, 402-444-7804, [email protected]
- Syracuse at the UNL Extension Office in Otoe County, 180 Chestnut St., contact Sarah Purcell, 402-269-2301, [email protected]
- Tekamah at the Tekamah City Auditorium, 1315 K St., contact: John Wilson, 402-374-2929, [email protected]
Interested webinar participants are encouraged to visit http://flood.unl.edu/crops to check if additional viewing sites have been added.