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Nebraska State Office

State Executive Director

John Berge

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State Office Address

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


Nebraska FSA State Office Newsletter: January

Click HERE to access the most recent newsletter. 

Contact FSA Now to Complete 2023 ARC/PLC Crop Safety Net Enrollment

Nebraska FSA is reminding producers now is the time to make elections and enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2023 crop year. The signup period is open through March 15, 2023. 

Producers can learn about the ARC and PLC options by viewing a recent webinar conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Agricultural Profitability in conjunction with Nebraska FSA. The video and slides can be found by clicking on this link

Application Period Open for New Revenue Based Disaster, Pandemic Assistance Programs (ERP 2 and PARP)

The application period for two new financial assistance programs, the Emergency Relief Program Phase Two (ERP 2) and the Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program (PARP), is open now through June 2, 2023. ERP 2 addresses revenue losses from natural disasters in 2020 and 2021; producers who qualified under ERP Phase 1 may also qualify for ERP Phase 2. PARP addresses revenue losses in 2020 and is designed to cover gaps in previous pandemic assistance (which was targeted at price loss or lack of market access). 

Producers can learn more about these programs at these links: ERP 2 Fact Sheet; PARP Fact Sheet; Comparison of ERP 2 and PARP Fact Sheet. Supporting documentation, such as a Schedule F (Form 1040) and Profit or Loss from Farming or similar tax documents for tax years 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 for ERP and calendar years 2018, 2019, and 2020 for PARP, will be important to the application process.

State and County FSA offices currently are receiving training to implement these programs. Producers interested in these programs are asked to review the fact sheets linked above and begin gathering their tax documentation to assist with the application process. The application window is open through June 2, 2023.

FSA Announces CRP Special Initiatives for Migratory Birds, Upland Wildlife Habitat Development

Nebraska FSA has announced the availability of two Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) special initiatives, the Migratory Birds, Butterflies and Pollinators State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) and the Upland Wildlife SAFE.

The goal of the Migratory Birds SAFE is to restore playa wetlands to their proper function in order to create habitat for migrating waterfowl and improve water quality and aquifer recharge. The program is available in 37 Nebraska counties. The deadline to submit a contract offer is Feb. 17, 2023.

The Upland Wildlife SAFE aims to create more acres for greater prairie chickens, northern bobwhite, plains sharp-tailed grouse, ring-neck pheasants, songbirds and pollinators. The program is available in 69 Nebraska counties. It is a continuous CRP enrollment program, meaning the opportunity to apply is ongoing.

To learn more about these SAFE initiatives contact your county FSA office.

Beginning Farmer/Rancher Resources

Nebraska Farm Service Agency is among several Nebraska agriculture organizations that have programs designed to assist beginning farmers and ranchers as they establish their operations. FSA presented on its programs during a webinar with the Nebraska Land Link. The hour-long video resource on these FSA beginning farmer tools is available for viewing at this link.

The Nebraska Land Link is an initiative of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Ag Economics and Nebraska Extension. Nebraska Land Link provides opportunities to connect land seekers with retiring landowners. 

Additional information about FSA beginning farmer and rancher programs can be found within the New Farmers section of fact sheets on the FSA website or at farmers.gov. Other Nebraska-based beginning farmer/rancher resources can be found at this link.  

Nebraska FSA Farmers.gov Electronic News

graphicFSA 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 organization, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

In addition to the 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 Resources to Assist with Impacts of Adverse Weather

Farm Service Agency has programs that can be implemented to assist producers whose operations are affected by adverse weather. To learn about the programs available, please review the fact sheets at this link by scrolling down to the Disaster Protection and Recovery section. Programs that are frequently used by livestock producers include Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP), and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). 

To view recent Nebraska disaster designations, click on these links: 2022 Counties or 2021 Counties.

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 you can't get from the local level, please don't hesitate to contact me at the State FSA Office at the address or phone number listed in the left-hand information section of this page.

With regards,

John Berge, Nebraska FSA State Executive Director