Nebraska FSA continues to implement the WHIP+ Program, which is designed to assist producers who lost certain crops, trees, bushes or vines due to natural disaster in 2018 or 2019. USDA has announced an Oct. 30, 2020, application deadline for 2018/2019 losses.
Producers who are interested in this program and have not already contacted their county FSA office should do so as soon as possible. Producers should be prepared to identify: the disaster event that caused the loss and the approximate date of the event (please note excessive moisture is an eligible disaster event); what crops on the farm were impacted; and field location of the impacted crops.
To learn more about the program, click here.
USDA Farm Service Agency is implementing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) for agricultural producers due to the negative market impacts associated with the COVID-19 global pandemic. Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications now through December 11, 2020.
CFAP 2 is a new program that is separate and distinct from the initial CFAP, and there are some program changes from version 1 to version 2, including new covered commodities. All producers should visit the farmers.gov/CFAP website. An "eligible commodities finder" is available on the website and will help producers figure out if their commodity is part of the program and understand the payment structure. Many commodities raised in Nebraska, both crops and livestock, are eligible for this program.
Producers can apply for CFAP 2 through their county FSA office or online through the farmers.gov/cfap website. Contact your county FSA office for additional information as staff can provide guidance on what the best options are for successful completion of an application. Producers also can receive one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process by calling 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.
As drought conditions impact the state, Nebraska counties may be considered for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) emergency haying and grazing. Counties must meet certain criteria for this program to be implemented. Counties currently implementing CRP emergency haying and grazing include: Adams, Banner, Box Butte, Burt, Cedar, Chase, Cheyenne, Clay, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dawes, Deuel, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Dundy, Frontier, Garden, Hayes, Hitchcock, Kearney, Keith, Kimball, Lincoln, Madison, Morrill, Perkins, Phelps, Pierce, Platte, Sarpy, Saunders, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, Stanton, Thurston, Washington, and Wayne. Producers interested in emergency haying or grazing of CRP must request FSA county office approval before starting any activities.
Drought conditions have triggered the implementation of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) in several Nebraska counties. The U.S. Drought Monitor conditions serve as a trigger for this program. LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately-owned land, leased land where the producer has a risk in grazing or fire on federally managed land. Counties that have triggered for this program include: Banner, Box Butte, Burt, Cheyenne, Colfax, Cuming, Dawes, Deuel, Dodge, Douglas, Dundy, Garden, Hitchcock, Keith, Kimball, Madison, Morrill, Perkins, Pierce, Platte, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, Stanton, Thurston, Washington and Wayne. Livestock producers in these counties interested in learning more about LFP and applying for assistance should contact their county FSA office.
Some USDA Service Centers in Nebraska are allowing in-person office visits by appointment only. Our program delivery staff will be in the office and work with our producers in person, by phone, by email, or by using other online tools. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business should call ahead to confirm the office’s status and make an appointment before visiting. Visitors will be pre-screened based on health concerns or recent travel and must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors will be required to wear a face covering during their appointment.
To find out whether your FSA office is open for in-person appointments, go to this clickable map and select your county for details.
Farm Service Agency has programs that can be implemented to assist producers whose operations are negatively impacted by drought conditions. 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 conditions.
Click on the links above to learn more about these program options or contact your County FSA office for additional information. County office contact information can be found at offices.usda.gov.
Farm Service Agency implements a variety of programs to address the impacts of 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.
Here is a summary of some of the other assistance programs that can be implemented as part of a disaster response effort:
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP): This 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.
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 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.
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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.
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