FSA Resources to Assist with Impacts of Adverse Weather

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

**New*** Emergency Grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Acres: CRP emergency grazing is authorized statewide through April 30, 2019. CRP contract holders interested in this option must contact their county FSA office prior to moving their own livestock onto CRP acres or allowing another producer to move livestock there. Many, but not all, CRP practices were approved for this emergency grazing option. See news release here.   

Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP): This program financially assists producers when they suffer loss of livestock due to adverse weather. As producers assess their individual situations, whether it be the blizzard in the West or the flooding in the East, here are a couple of key things to keep in mind:

  • 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. This 30-day notification window is critical. A phone call to the county office works for this notification.
  • Documentation of losses also is critical. FSA will need some sort of supporting evidence of your losses, and this can include things such as: veterinarian certification, other independent third party certification, rendering receipts, dated photos or video. Those things are an important part of the application process.
  • FSA will also need to know the type or weight of the animals lost. Adult animals, so bulls and cows, vs. calves or yearlings, are broken out differently in the LIP program, so that part of the record is important.
  • Information about the specific weather conditions that caused the losses also is important. 

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP): This program covers some livestock losses that do not fall under the Livestock Indemnity Program. Specific to the current adverse weather situations in Nebraska, ELAP may be applicable as it can, in certain situations, financially assist with livestock feed losses, such as bales that may have been destroyed in the flood.

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. **NEW** There have been 45 Nebraska counties authorized to begin accepting ECP applications. To view the list, please click here

Here are the links to the Fact Sheets about the above programs: LIP, ELAP, ECP

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.

Here are the links to the Fact Sheet about these programs: Set-Aside Program, Emergency Loan Program.  


FSA Customers Can Learn More About 2018 Farm Bill Program Changes Here

USDA Farm Service Agency is in the process of updating programs based on the 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018. To learn about the changes made to FSA programming, you can click here for a two-page summary. For a more-detailed version of the changes, please click here.


FSA Customers Encouraged to Take Care of Records Updates Ahead of Spring

Have you added or lost acres to your farm/ranch operation, either through lease or purchase? Have you moved/changed addresses, or do you have a new phone number? How about your financial institution - have you switched where you bank?

Now is a good time for farmers and ranchers to drop by their local FSA office to update their farm/ranch records with any changes made recently. These updates are important for FSA program implementation, and doing these updates now is one less thing you'll have to worry about when the weather improves, and you need to be outdoors.

Call and make an appointment today. To find your office, please click here.  

Nebraska FSA Producer Newsletter
FSA Electronic News Service

GovDelivery, FSA’s digital news service, distributes timely information on Farm Bill 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. 

In addition to the email newsletter, you also can sign up to receive information through our GovDelivery 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.

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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

Drought and Disaster Assistance Information

Implementation of disaster programs, authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, is a top priority for USDA.

FSA Disaster Assistance Programs at a Glance – Fact Sheet

Nebraska Counties With Disaster Declarations, Eligibility for Emergency Loans
Additional Drought Information and Links

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,

Nancy Johner, Nebraska FSA State Executive Director

Contact us at:

7131 A Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
Phone: 402-437-5581
Fax: 844-930-0237