The U.S. Farm Service Agency announced Thursday that it has declared Dawes, Sheridan and Sioux counties as primary natural disaster areas. The designation allows qualified farmers to seek emergency loans. The program also applies to six bordering counties: Box Butte, Cherry, Garden, Grant, Morrill and Scottsbluff.
The loans are available to help producers recover from losses of structures, equipment and livestock. The application deadline is June 30, 2014.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s extension office in Chadron has said at least 2,200 cattle died in the storm.