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Nebraska State Office

State Executive Director

Tim Divis

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State Office Address

7131 A Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
(402) 437-5581
(844) 930-0237

Spotlights

USDA Announces Dates for Conservation Reserve Program General, Grasslands Signups; Informational Webinar Available

County Farm Service Agency offices continue to accept applications for general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres. The deadline for landowners interested in submitting an application for CRP General Signup 56 is July 23, 2021. In addition, USDA will begin accepting applications for the CRP Grasslands program on July 12, and the application period will be open through Aug. 20, 2021.

USDA has made CRP program changes to encourage increased application to the program. To view what these changes are, please click here for a Fact Sheet. Nebraska FSA, along with Nebraska Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), recently presented information on CRP, as well as other conservation programs, as part of an informational webinar. To view the recording, click here. 

CRP provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes. For more information on CRP, call your county FSA office to schedule an appointment. To find your nearest office, click here.


Resources Available to Assist Livestock Producers with Impacts of Drought

Nebraska FSA is implementing two programs in areas of the state impacted by ongoing drought conditions. Both the Livestock Forage Disaster Program and CRP Emergency Haying and Grazing have triggered based on conditions shown on the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Livestock Forage Disaster Program: The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides financial support to livestock owners and contract growers who also have grazed forage crop acres, such as pastures and fields planted for forage grazing purposes, that have sustained drought impacts. To learn more about the program, click here. To see eligible counties in Nebraska, click here.

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Emergency Haying and Grazing: CRP emergency haying and grazing has triggered in many counties across Nebraska and will be available as a drought mitigative tool once the primary nesting season ends on July 15. Anyone interested in accessing this program option must contact their county FSA office for approval prior to beginning any haying and grazing activities on CRP acres. To see which counties in Nebraska are eligible for CRP emergency haying and grazing, click here. To learn more about this program option, view this fact sheet or click here to watch/listen to a brief video outlining program provisions. 


USDA Launches Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program to Aid Swine, Poultry Producers

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Swine, chicken and turkey producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing can apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals.

The Pandemic Livestock Indemnity
Program (PLIP) is being implemented  by the Farm Service Agency. Offices will accept applications for assistance from July 20-Sept. 17, 2021.

The payments to producers are for losses of livestock or poultry depopulated from March 1, 2020 through December 26, 2020, due to insufficient processing access as a result of the pandemic. For additional program details, including payment rates, visit farmers.gov/PLIP, or contact your county FSA office. 


American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act includes provisions for USDA to pay up to 120% of loan balances, as of January 1, 2021, for Farm Service Agency (FSA) Direct and Guaranteed Farm Loans and Farm Storage Facility Loans debt relief to any socially disadvantaged producer who has a qualifying loan with FSA. For more information on implementation of this act, please click here to access the website. A call center is open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. CT at 877-508-8364 (select American Rescue Plan) for assistance. 


2021 FSA County Committee Elections Under Way with Nomination Period Open Now Through Aug. 2

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting nominations for county committees now through Aug. 2, 2021. Elections will take place starting in November.

SteffenCounty committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between agricultural communities across the country and USDA. Learn more about what it means to serve on your FSA County Committee by reading this profile piece on Richardson County Nebraska farmer Paula Sue Steffen, who chairs her local county committee. She talks of the importance of giving back to the ag community in her local area.

For more information on FSA county committees, and to learn how to become a candidate for election, visit fsa.usda.gov/elections or contact the County FSA Executive Director in your local office. Nominations are due by close of business Aug. 2.


COVID-19 and FSA: Service Centers Open to In-Person Traffic By Appointment Only; Services Also Available Through Phone, Email

In response to COVID-19, all USDA Service Centers in Nebraska are limiting in-person office visits to by-appointment-only. Service Center staff also continue to work with customers via phone, email and other digital tools.

All Service Center customers wishing to conduct business should call for an appointment. To find your office contact information, click here.


FSA RESOURCES TO ASSIST WITH IMPACTS OF ADVERSE WEATHER

Farm Service Agency has programs that can be implemented to assist producers whose operations are negatively impacted by adverse weather.

For example, programs such as Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Emergency Haying and Grazing and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program use the U.S. Drought Monitor as a program trigger and are valuable when grazing is negatively impacted by drought conditions.

The Livestock Indemnity Program financially assists producers when they suffer loss of livestock, above normal mortality, due to adverse weather. A notice of loss must be filed with the county FSA office within 30 days of when the loss becomes apparent.

The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) can provide some cost-share assistance to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters. It also can provide cost-share assistance to help restore fences damaged or lost due to natural disaster. Contact your county office about this program before taking any action to repair damages.

There also may be options for assistance through FSA farm loan programs, including the Disaster Set-Aside Program, which allows existing FSA farm loan customers to delay a loan payment, and the Emergency Loan Program. These programs become available when a disaster designation is granted for a county.

To view recent disaster designations, click below

Fact sheets that outline the various disaster programs noted above, as well as other available programs, can be found at this link by scrolling down to the Disaster Protection and Recovery section.


Nebraska FSA Farmers.gov Producer Newsletter

About FSA Farmers.gov Electronic News Service

FSA provides the digital Farmers.gov news service to distribute timely information on programs direct to your email inbox. It can help you remember important program deadlines and requirements so you can effectively utilize FSA programs in your farm or ranch operation. You also will find key information from FSA's partner organizations, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA), in this newsletter.

In addition to the email newsletter, you also can sign up to receive information through our Farmers.gov text messaging service. Text messages only are issued to remind subscribers of timely, important program deadlines or other information. No more than two texts will be sent in a month, and often, it will be less than that amount. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Click here to subscribe to either the newsletter, text messaging, or both.


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


From the Nebraska FSA State Executive Director

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 additional assistance that you can't get from the local level, please don't hesitate to contact me the State FSA Office at the address or phone number listed below.

With regards,

Tim Divis, Nebraska FSA State Executive Director (Acting)