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Nebraska State Office

State Executive Director

Tim Divis

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

Spotlights

USDA Announces Dates for Conservation Reserve Program General, Grasslands Signups

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.

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.


USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers Includes Reopening of CFAP 2 Signup, Other Provisions

USDA is pandemic logocommitted to delivering financial assistance to farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers who have been impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions through a new initiative – USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers. Stay updated on announcements under the USDA Pandemic Assistance to Producers initiative at this farmers.gov web page.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
USDA is implementing updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for producers of agricultural commodities marketed in 2020 who faced market disruptions due to COVID-19. Farm Service Agency also has reopened sign-up for CFAP 2 for at least 60 days beginning on April 5, 2021. Learn more about applying for CFAP 2 and other recent CFAP updates.

Nebraska FSA recently discussed the CFAP 2 application process and other program updates during a webinar. To view this webinar, click here


Contact Your County FSA Office Now for Spring Acreage Reporting

Acreage reporting is a requirement in order to maintain eligibility to participate in many USDA programs, including crop insurance, safety net, conservation, and disaster assistance programs. Filing an accurate and timely acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed and prevented plant acreage, may prevent the loss of benefits.

The acreage reporting deadline for all spring-planted crops, CRP and perennial grass is July 15, 2021, but producers can assist their county FSA office with this process now. As soon as you finish your spring planting, please contact your county FSA office to complete the certification process. Producers can click here to view a brief video about what information is needed for a successful acreage reporting visit or visit this fact sheet for additional details.


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. 


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. For those offices open to in-person traffic, 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 schedule an appointment, call your County FSA office. 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)