Sign-up is open through Dec. 6 for the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP). The 2019 MFP will operate a bit differently than the 2018 program. To learn more about it, please click on this link. County payments rates can be found under the "How Do Payments Work?" button on that webpage.
FSA has an ongoing signup for some continuous CRP conservation practices. County FSA offices are accepting offers through Aug. 23, 2019. For more information on this opportunity, please see this Fact Sheet.
Enrollment is open now through Sept. 20 for the Dairy Margin Coverage program. This program provides dairy producers with some risk management options. Producers can learn more about this program by clicking here.
To learn more about 2018 Farm Bill programs implemented through the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency, click on the logo below.
The deadline to report prevented plant crop acres to Nebraska FSA has passed, however, producers still may have questions regarding cover crops, insurance coverage, and potential for Market Facilitation Payments on prevented plant acres. Information to address these types of questions can be found at this link on USDA's farmers.gov or by visiting this link on the USDA Risk Management Agency website.
The nomination period for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee positions is complete. County committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between the agricultural community and USDA. Committees provide valuable input on how federal farm programs are administered locally and on how county offices function locally.
The next step is the voting process; ballots will be mailed to eligible voters in November. To learn more about what County FSA Committees do and how you can become active in your local committee, please contact your County FSA office. You also can learn more about County Committees by clicking here.
Farm Service Agency continues with the follow-up regarding programs implemented to assist with the impacts of spring adverse weather. County FSA office staff will be able to provide individuals with the best information for their individual situations. County office contact information can be found at offices.usda.gov.
County FSA offices also received many questions about flood-related programs. The document at this link outlines common questions along with responses, including details on the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP).
Here is a summary of some of the assistance programs that were implemented as part of the response effort:
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP): This program financially assists producers when they suffer loss of livestock due to adverse weather.
Emergency Conservation Program (ECP): 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.
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP): ELAP can provide some financial assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish when losses are tied to an eligible adverse weather event and those losses are not covered under other disaster programs. This can include, in certain situations, some financial assistance for grazing losses or hay losses due to adverse weather events such as flooding. Contact your county FSA office to learn more about this program.
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 disaster designations, click here.
Here are the links to the Fact Sheets about these programs: Set-Aside Program, Emergency Loan Program.
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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.
Implementation of disaster programs is a top priority for USDA.
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.
Nancy Johner, Nebraska FSA State Executive Director
7131 A Street
Lincoln, NE 68510