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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 Highlights Drought and Other Resources for Livestock Producers

Nebraska FSA is implementing a number of drought disaster assistance programs as drought conditions continue to intensify across the state. Click on these links for details on a few key programs: Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP), and Conservation Reserve Program emergency haying and grazing. A few details can be found below as well.

LFP: This program provides financial assistance to livestock producers who have grazing land that has been impacted by drought. Producers must have eligible grazing livestock and eligible grazing land (so either own the acres or have a risk in those acres). If you are wondering whether your county has triggered for the Livestock Forage Program, click here for a list that is updated weekly, and then contact your county FSA office to initiate an application. Over 60 counties in Nebraska have triggered for this program in 2022.

ELAP: This program is available to qualified producers who have suffered above normal expenses for hauling feed or water to livestock or hauling livestock to new forage/grazing acres due to the impacts of drought. This program has triggered in the same counties as LFP as noted above. Please note, you must contact your county FSA office within 30 days of when you become aware of a “loss” that can be covered by this program, so as soon as you identify the need to haul supplemental feed or water, you should contact your county FSA office.

CRP Emergency Haying and Grazing: Emergency grazing or haying of CRP may be authorized to provide relief to livestock producers in areas affected by drought. The program triggers based on conditions outlined on the U.S. Drought Monitor. In Nebraska almost all counties have triggered for this program in 2022; click here to review the counties. Please note you must contact your county FSA office for approval before taking any action on your CRP acres. Learn more about CRP emergency haying and grazing by clicking on this link.

These programs and others were featured during a presentation by FSA as part of a drought resources webinar. Click here to view the webinar. 

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides financial assistance to livestock producers for livestock deaths above normal mortality rates due to extreme weather conditions, which can include extreme heat. To participate in this program, producers must report livestock losses to their county FSA office within 30 days of when those losses become apparent. 

Farmers and ranchers who are being impacted by drought and other extreme weather can get additional program information from their county FSA office. To find your local office, click here.   

FSA Issuing Emergency Relief Program Payments

The Emergency Relief Program (ERP) provides payments to producers to offset some of the financial impacts of natural disasters in 2020 and 2021. ERP covers losses to crops, trees, bushes and vines due to a qualifying natural disaster, and eligible crops are all those for which crop insurance or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage was available, except for grazing crops.

For Phase 1, USDA used crop insurance and NAP claim data as the basis for estimating payments, and eligible producers should have received pre-filled applications. Producers must work with their local FSA office to complete this paperwork in order to receive the benefits. 

For more details on this program, please read this news release and then contact your county FSA office.

Resources for Beginning Farmers, Ranchers 

Nebraska Farm Service Agency highlighted its programs for beginning farmers and ranchers during a webinar session 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.

Interested in learning more? Contact your nearest county FSA office

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.

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