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Nebraska State Office

State Executive Director

Nancy Johner

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State Office Address

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

Spotlights

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Additional Assistance Announced

County Farm Service Agency offices across the state will be working to implement Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) additional assistance that was approved as part of a recently enacted COVID-19 assistance package, as well as some USDA discretionary program changes. Details regarding this new assistance and updated program parameters can be found at farmers.gov/cfap. A news release that outlines the changes can be found here.


General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Signup Open Through Feb. 12

County Farm Service Agency offices across the state will be accepting applications for general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres from Jan. 4, 2021, through Feb. 12, 2021. Signup for CRP Grassland acres follows, from March 15, 2021, to April 23, 2021.

Both programs are competitive and provide annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes.

CRP signup informational resources, including an educational video and the opportunity to sign up for online, live question and answer sessions, have been posted at nebraskapf.com/crp-signup/. The sessions are scheduled for Jan. 19, Jan. 20, and Jan. 21.

For more information on CRP, call your county FSA office to schedule an appointment. To find your nearest office, click here.


Enrollment Open for Commodity Crop Safety Net for 2021 Production Season; Producers Urged to Begin Process

Farmers can now make elections and enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2021 crop year. The signup period is open through March 15, 2021, and producers are encouraged to begin working with their county FSA office now to complete the paperwork.

ARC and PLC are key safety net programs designed to help producers weather fluctuations in either revenue or price for certain crops. For more information on the ARC/PLC 2021 election and enrollment process, click here. To watch a video that outlines your options related to the 2021 ARC/PLC election and enrollment, click here.


Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) Triggers in 27 Nebraska Counties; Application Deadline Is Feb. 1

Drought conditions have triggered the implementation of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) in several Nebraska counties to address 2020 impacts. LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately-owned land or leased land where the producer has a risk in grazing, or fire on federally managed land. Counties that have triggered for this program for 2020 impacts include: Banner, Box Butte, Burt, Cheyenne, Colfax, Cuming, Dawes, Deuel, Dodge, Douglas, Dundy, Garden, Hitchcock, Keith, Kimball, Madison, Morrill, Perkins, Pierce, Platte, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, Stanton, Thurston, Washington and Wayne. Livestock producers in these counties interested in learning more about LFP and applying for assistance should contact their county FSA office. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2021.


COVID-19 and FSA: Wondering Whether Your FSA Office is Open for In-Person Appointments?

In response to COVID-19, many USDA Service Centers in Nebraska are restricting in-person office visits. However, all Service Centers remain open for business by phone, by email, or by using other online tools.

All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business should call ahead to confirm the office’s status and make 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 find out whether your FSA office is open for in-person appointments, go to this clickable map and select your county for details.


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 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 GovDelivery Producer Newsletter

About FSA GovDelivery Electronic News Service

GovDelivery, FSA's digital news service, distributes 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.

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.

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,

Nancy Johner, Nebraska FSA State Executive Director