LINCOLN- Nebraska Farm Bureau is advising farmers, ranchers, and other rural Nebraskans to not underestimate the risk posed by the potential spread of COVID-19.

While most of the confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 have occurred in Eastern Nebraska, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson is urging all Nebraskans to take precautions to help minimize the potential for spread and encouraging farmers and ranchers to prepare for possible impacts to their rural communities and agricultural operations.

The farm bureau is advising farmers and ranchers to include protecting the personal health of farm/ranch owners/operators and employees, plan for possible labor shortages, plan for possible supply/input shortages, communicate with those with whom you do business, and communicate any disruptions.