PAGE, Neb. -- An ongoing concern across the state, droughts in Nebraska are continuing to affect farmers in numerous ways.

Don and Rachel Linquist both own and run DH Longhorn in Page with raising Texas Longhorn Cattle, but recently, it’s come at a cost.

“Our feed prices have went up considerably,” said Don Linquist. “Not to take anything away from the other states like California and Montana which are in much worse droughts but some of our costs are going up so much because a lot of our feed is going out to those places to help them."

With those states taking much of the needed feed, according to Linquist, prices have gone up more than 70 percent.

“The costs of what we have to pay for it has almost a 75 percent increase,” he said. “What we normally would of had for stockpile, we don’t have for stockpile anymore.”

It’s not just feed prices that have become a huge concern for farmers.

Hay has become another major concern currently worrying farmers. Linquist explained the factors he’s currently facing.

“The availability of it and the quality of it,” he said. “If you can find it, the quality is less. So, we’re going to have to supplement with either grains or some kind of mineral supplement to bring that quality back up,” said Linquist. “The quantity isn’t there either.”

With all these different issues, prices within the overall products have indeed gone up.

“We’ve had to raise our pricing about 25 percent,” he said. “At the same time, the size of what we’re butchering I smaller this year. We’re taking a hit on that side as well.”

According to, 44 percent of Nebraska is in a severe drought.

Additionally, that report also states around 10 percent of the state is in an extreme drought.

Despite these challenges facing farmers, ‘hard work' continues to be a major factor in why they continue to survive and meet the demands across the country.

“We’re surviving because we work harder,” Linquist said.

He emphasized that surrounding neighbors have been a huge helping hand in keeping things going in the right direction.

“In our case like the hay, I didn’t know where I was going to get my hay,” Linquist said. “So, I did something for a neighbor and he gave me ten bales of hay. Everyone can share a little bit here and there and that’s how we’re kind of doing it. It’s all of us neighbors pulling together.”

Regardless of the uncertain future, farmers are optimistic.

“I hope we’ll come through it,” Linquist said. “All you can do is hope and pray and stay with God that he’ll watch out for you.”