Safety Net Benefits on the Way; Timing on Marketing Assistance Loans

USDA has begun the process of issuing farm bill safety net benefits for crop year 2016 for eligible producers in counties/for crops authorized through the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments also are being issued at this time. Producers and landowners should be aware the process to issue these benefits can take some time for both those individuals receiving these benefits electronically to their bank accounts and those who receive them by paper check.  

Public information currently available regarding ARC/PLC, including ARC-county per acre payment rates, can be found by clicking here for the Farm Service Agency ARC/PLC Program Data page. For those interested in ARC-county information, look for “2016 Benchmark Revenue and Payment Rates as of October 4, 2017.” Information will be updated on the ARC/PLC site as it becomes available.

The 2014 Farm Bill authorized 2014-2018 crop year Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs). MALs provide financing and marketing assistance for commodities such as feed grains, soybeans and other oilseeds, pulse crops, wool, honey and others. MALs provide interim financing after harvest to help meet cash flow needs without having to sell commodities when market prices are typically at harvest-time lows. If you are considering a MAL for the 2017 calendar year, please contact your local FSA office prior to Dec. 15 to begin the application and provide offices adequate time to process and disburse the loan by Dec. 29.

For more information on MALs and Loan Deficiency Payments, click here.


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FSA Loan Servicing Options

There are options for Farm Service Agency loan customers experiencing financial stress. If you are a borrower who is unable to make payments on a loan, contact your local FSA Farm Loan Manager to learn about the options available to you.

Primary and Preservation Loan Servicing for Delinquent FSA Borrowers Fact Sheet

Drought and Disaster Assistance and Information

Implementation of the disaster programs, authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, is the top priority for USDA.

FSA Disaster Assistance Programs at a Glance – Fact Sheet

Nebraska Counties With Disaster Declarations, Eligibility for Emergency Loans
Additional Drought Information and Links

From the Nebraska State FSA Office:

Our primary mission is to help Nebraska farmers and ranchers secure financial assistance from USDA programs through accurate, timely and efficient program delivery.

Nebraska FSA is proud to continue its strong tradition of providing customer-based service to Nebraska producers. The hard-working men and women of our FSA county offices are at the forefront of our efforts and remain the primary contact for program participation. We encourage you to speak with the staff at your local office about how we can be of service. Our website can help you learn more about FSA programs and services and help you locate your local FSA Service Center. In the event you need assistance from the State FSA Office, please contact us at the address or phone number listed below.

With regards,

Nebraska State Farm Service Agency Staff

Contact us at:

7131 A Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
Phone: 402-437-5581
Fax: 844-930-0237