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.
USDA recently announced a signup period 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. Producer education meetings, hosted by the University of Nebraska Extension and Nebraska State Dairy Association, in conjunction with Nebraska FSA, are scheduled for July 25 in Beatrice and July 26 in Norfolk, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. To register for the education event, click here.
The nomination period for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee positions runs now through Aug. 1, 2019. 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.
Each county FSA office in Nebraska will be holding a County Committee election this season. 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 has programs available that can assist with the impacts of recent 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 have been receiving 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 available assistance programs:
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP): This program financially assists producers when they suffer loss of livestock due to adverse weather. If you have suffered a loss of livestock, you need to report those losses to your FSA county office within 30 days of when those losses become apparent. A phone call to the county office works for this notification.
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. There have been 48 Nebraska counties authorized to accept ECP applications. To view the map, please click here. Deadlines to apply for this program vary by county. Some explanation of how this program operates can be found within the Q & A document at this link.
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.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): EQIP is a program administered by FSA's partner USDA agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Nebraska NRCS has funding available through EQIP to assist producers with the planting of cover crops on cropland acres damaged by the severe spring weather. The deadline to apply is July 19. For more information, click here.
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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