800-464-0258

Rural support Resources

Nebraska Rural Response Hotline: 800-464-0258

The Hotline can be a first stop for information on the resources and services available to farm and ranch families and rural residents throughout Nebraska. The Hotline is administered by the Farm and Ranch Project of Legal Aid of Nebraska and located in Bancroft.

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Legal Aid of Nebraska: 877-250-2016

Provides free legal services to income eligible individuals throughout the state. They represent individuals and families who cannot otherwise afford legal representation. Representation is limited to civil matters and does not include representation in criminal matters.

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National Suicide Hotline: 988 OR 800-273-8255

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Volunteer Lawyers Project: 800-927-0117

This is a referral service provided by the Nebraska State Bar Association. It is a way of attempting to obtain free legal representation through the efforts of volunteer lawyers.

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UNL’s Rural Wellness

Information and resources on reducing stress and promoting wellness in rural communities.

Human Needs

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Access Nebraska

855-632-7633
Medicaid and economic assistance. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Aid to Dependent Children (ADC); Aid to Aged, Blind and Disabled (AABD); Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); State Disability Program; Child Care Subsidy; Refugee Resettlement Program; Social Services for the Aged and Disabled (SSAD)

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Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

855-632-7633
Offer free or low-cost health coverage to children and families.

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Counseling Outreach Mental Health Therapy (COMHT)

800-464-0258
No-cost vouchers for professional counseling for persons affected by rural crisis.

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Disability Rights Nebraska

800-422-6691
Provides protection in advocacy in mental and physical disabilities.

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Disability Services Hotline

800-742-7594
A resource for Nebraskans with disabilities. Experienced specialists and reliable information for a quick response to disability concerns.

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Division on Aging – Health and Human Services

402-471-2307
Information on programs and laws affecting elderly Nebraskans. (Request their useful publication, “Resource Guide for Elderly Nebraskans.”)

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Emergency Food Pantry Assistance

800-464-0258
Statewide referrals to local emergency food pantries. Pantries are located in virtually every county in Nebraska.

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Nebraska Department of Insurance Consumer Affairs Division

877-564-7323
Responsible for providing the public with insurance information and assistance, as well as verifying & ensuring the proper handling of insurance transactions.

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State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

800-234-7119
Provides information & counseling to Nebraskans regarding Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance.

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Veteran Benefits

800-827-1000
Contact your County Veterans Service Office for funeral and emergency assistance.

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Women’s and Men’s Health – Dept. of Health & Human Services

800-532-2227
Includes Every Woman Matters and Nebraska Colon Cancer Program. Provides preventive screening programs and services on breast and cervical cancer, heart disease and diabetes and colon cancer.

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Community Action Agencies

Empowering people living in poverty to reach economic stability. Offers programs that address the causes and conditions of poverty. Programs include early childhood education, homelessness prevention and affordable housing, financial and family well-being, and hunger relief and healthy food access.

AgencyCityPhone
Blue Valley Community Action PartnershipFairbury402-729-2278
Central Nebraska Community Action PartnershipSchuyler402-352-8003
Northeast Community Action PartnershipPender402-385-6300
Eastern Nebraska Community Action PartnershipOmaha402-453-5656
Community Action Partners of Lancaster and Saunders CountiesLincoln402-471-4515
Community Action Partnership of Mid NebraskaKearney308-865-5675
Northwest Community Action PartnershipChadron308-432-3393
Community Action Partners of Western NebraskaGering308-635-3089
Southeast Nebraska Community Action (SENCA)Humboldt402-862-2411
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Department of Labor Work Force Development

Job training available to eligible applicants with assistance in finding long-term employment.

LocationPhoneLocationPhone
Beatrice402-223-6060Lincoln402-471-2275
Columbus402-564-7160Nebraska City402-873-3384
Fremont402-934-2392Norfolk402-370-3430
Grand Island308-385-6300North Platte308-535-8320
Hastings402-462-1876Omaha402-444-4700
Kearney308-455-3007Scottsbluff308-632-1420
Lexington308-324-2064Sidney308-254-4429

Farm Programs and Resources

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AgrAbility

800-471-6425 or 402-462-3031
Serves Nebraska farmers and ranchers experiencing an illness or injury that limits their ability to perform routine tasks. They recommend creative solutions to continue working safely.

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Center for Rural Affairs

402-687-2100
A private, non-profit organization dedicated to reforming public policy for the benefit of family farms and rural communities.

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Farm Finance and Legal Assistance Clinics

800-464-0258
Monthly clinics offer a free on-on-one confidential opportunity to meet with an experienced attorney and financial counselor who specialize in agricultural legal and financial issues.

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Farm Rescue

701-212-5380
Provides assistance, free of charge, to farm and ranch families who have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster. Services include: planting, haying, harvesting, livestock feeding assistance, commodity and hay hauling. Serving Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota.

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University of Nebraska Center For Agricultural Profitability

402-472-3401
Equips producers and businesses with tools and analysis to better manage operations and maximize profitability.

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Mediation Services - Negotiations Program

402-471-4876
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s Negotiations Program uses mediation as an effective means to resolve agricultural disputes. Mediation is a fair and neutral process led by an impartial third party to resolve differences through discussion, negotiation and problem solving. The mediation process maintains confidentiality, fosters positive relationships, allows you a voice in the solution and is cost effective.

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Mediation Services - Office of Dispute Resolution

402-471-3148
Interpersonal, civil dispute mediation service referrals to community-based centers.

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NextGen

402-471-4876
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture administers the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Act marketed as NextGen. The program encourages owners of agriculture assets to rent to an eligible beginning farmer to help them get started. The owner receives the rent from the beginning farmer plus a Nebraska income tax credit. The beginning farmer benefits by securing a three-year lease and may apply for a personal property tax exemption.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Nebraska Offices

The White House

Washington D.C. 20500
Phone: 202-456-1414
Comment Line: 202-456-1111

Office of the Governor

Governor Pete Ricketts – R
P.O. Box 94848 Lincoln, NE 68509-4848
Phone: 402-471-2244

Senator Ben Sasse - R

139 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: 202-224-4224

Lincoln Office
1128 Lincoln Mall, Suite 505
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-476-1400

Senator Deb Fischer – R

545 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: 202-224-6551

Lincoln Office
1248 O Street, Suite 1111
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-441-4600

First District - Vacant

more info to come

Congressman Don Bacon – R - Second District

1024 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-4155
Fax: 202-226-5452

Omaha Office
13906 Gold Circle Suite #101
Omaha, NE 68144
Phone: 402-938-0300

Congressman Adrian Smith - R – Third District

502 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-6435

Grand Island Office
1811 W Street, Suite 275
Grand Island, NE 68803
Phone: 308-384-3900

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