Farm Service Agency offices are now accepting applications for assistance through the WHIP+ Program to address eligible losses of certain crops, trees, bushes and vines due to natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. Offices also are accepting applications for the Milk Loss Program to assist dairy producers who dumped or removed milk without compensation from the commercial market in 2018 or 2019 due to a natural disaster.
More details on these programs can be found by clicking here to read the news release or clicking here to visit the farmers.gov website.
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced the Dec. 9 start of a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) application period. The signup for general CRP runs through Feb. 28, 2020, while signup for continuous CRP is ongoing.
It is important landowners interested in the general CRP signup recognize it is a competitive process, and not based on first-come, first-served.
To learn more details about this opportunity, click here to read the news release.
Enrollment is open now through March 15, 2020, for coverage of the 2019 crop production season under the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, two of the main safety net programs of the 2018 Farm Bill. ARC and PLC enrollment also is open for the 2020 crop year, with a deadline of June 30, 2020. Covered commodities in Nebraska include corn, soybeans, wheat and grain sorghum, among others.
ARC provides income support payments on historical base acres when actual crop revenue declines below a specified guarantee level. PLC provides income support payments on historical base acres when the price for a covered commodity falls below its effective reference price. For details on how these programs operate, click here. This link includes online resources (found under the Resources button) such as an estimated payment calculator and a 2018 Farm Bill Decision Aid tool. To gain an understanding of how these programs have changed from the 2014 Farm Bill to the 2018 Farm Bill, click here.
ARC/PLC education meetings have been planned for across the state. The purpose of the meetings is to help ARC/PLC participants understand the various aspects of each program under the 2018 Farm Bill. To find a meeting near you, click here.
Dairy producers can now enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for calendar year 2020. Sign-up is ongoing at select Nebraska FSA county offices through Dec. 13, 2019. To learn more about this program, visit the DMC web page.
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.
Farm Service Agency continues to implement 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.
** NEW: Nebraska FSA recently announced three programs to assist producers with losses due to natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. These programs include: On-Farm Storage Loss Program, which is designed to aid producers who lost stored commodities due to natural disaster in 2018 or 2019; 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; and the Milk Loss Program, designed to assist dairy producers who dumped milk without compensation from the commercial market due to a qualifying disaster in 2018 or 2019. To learn more about the programs and how to apply, producers should contact their FSA county office.
Here is a summary of some of the other assistance programs that can be implemented as part of a response effort:
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP): This program financially assists producers when they suffer loss of livestock 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 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