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.
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.
National Suicide Hotline: 988 OR 800-273-8255
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.
UNL’s Rural Wellness
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)
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Offer free or low-cost health coverage to children and families.
Counseling Outreach Mental Health Therapy (COMHT)
No-cost vouchers for professional counseling for persons affected by rural crisis.
Disability Rights Nebraska
Provides protection in advocacy in mental and physical disabilities.
Disability Services Hotline
A resource for Nebraskans with disabilities. Experienced specialists and reliable information for a quick response to disability concerns.
Division on Aging – Health and Human Services
Information on programs and laws affecting elderly Nebraskans. (Request their useful publication, “Resource Guide for Elderly Nebraskans.”)
Emergency Food Pantry Assistance
Statewide referrals to local emergency food pantries. Pantries are located in virtually every county in Nebraska.
Nebraska Department of Insurance Consumer Affairs Division
Responsible for providing the public with insurance information and assistance, as well as verifying & ensuring the proper handling of insurance transactions.
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
Provides information & counseling to Nebraskans regarding Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance.
Contact your County Veterans Service Office for funeral and emergency assistance.
Women’s and Men’s Health – Dept. of Health & Human Services
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.
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.
|Blue Valley Community Action Partnership||Fairbury||402-729-2278|
|Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership||Schuyler||402-352-8003|
|Northeast Community Action Partnership||Pender||402-385-6300|
|Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership||Omaha||402-453-5656|
|Community Action Partners of Lancaster and Saunders Counties||Lincoln||402-471-4515|
|Community Action Partnership of Mid Nebraska||Kearney||308-865-5675|
|Northwest Community Action Partnership||Chadron||308-432-3393|
|Community Action Partners of Western Nebraska||Gering||308-635-3089|
|Southeast Nebraska Community Action (SENCA)||Humboldt||402-862-2411|
Department of Labor Work Force Development
Job training available to eligible applicants with assistance in finding long-term employment.
|Grand Island||308-385-6300||North Platte||308-535-8320|
Farm Programs and Resources
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.
Center for Rural Affairs
A private, non-profit organization dedicated to reforming public policy for the benefit of family farms and rural communities.
Farm Finance and Legal Assistance Clinics
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.
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.
University of Nebraska Center For Agricultural Profitability
Equips producers and businesses with tools and analysis to better manage operations and maximize profitability.
Mediation Services - Negotiations Program
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.
Mediation Services - Office of Dispute Resolution
Interpersonal, civil dispute mediation service referrals to community-based centers.
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.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Nebraska Offices
Farm Service Agency: 402-437-5581
Natural Resources Conservation Service Agency: 402-437-5300
Rural Development: 402-437-5551
The White House
Washington D.C. 20500
Comment Line: 202-456-1111
Office of the Governor
Governor Pete Ricketts – R
P.O. Box 94848 Lincoln, NE 68509-4848
Senator Ben Sasse - R
Washington, D.C. 20510
1128 Lincoln Mall, Suite 505
Lincoln, NE 68508
Senator Deb Fischer – R
Washington, D.C. 20510
1248 O Street, Suite 1111
Lincoln, NE 68508
First District - Vacant
more info to come
Congressman Don Bacon – R - Second District
1024 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
13906 Gold Circle Suite #101
Omaha, NE 68144
Congressman Adrian Smith - R – Third District
502 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Grand Island Office
1811 W Street, Suite 275
Grand Island, NE 68803