Farm Service Agency in Nebraska is reminding producers of these upcoming deadlines:
** The deadline for producers to purchase buy-up coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a safety net program for producers of crops for which traditional crop insurance is not available, is May 24. NAP protects against losses from natural disasters. The 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law in late 2018, made this buy-up option available, but since most NAP enrollment deadlines for the 2019 crop year already had passed, FSA opened this buy-up coverage sign-up period. Learn more by clicking here.
** The Emergency Conservation Program is authorized in 48 Nebraska counties to address flooding and blizzard impacts to land and fencing. Counties have individual application windows for this program, but most will have deadlines in the final two weeks of May. More information on ECP can be learned below. Contact your local County FSA Office to determine the ECP application deadline in your county.
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 offices.usda.gov. County FSA offices also have been receiving many questions about flood-related programs. The document at this link outlines common questions along with responses, including details on the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP).
Here is a summary of some of the available assistance programs:
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP): This program financially assists producers when they suffer loss of livestock due to adverse weather. Here are a couple of key things to keep in mind:
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. There have been 48 Nebraska counties authorized to accept ECP applications. To view the map, please click here. Some explanation of how this program operates can be found within the Q & A document at this link.
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 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.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): EQIP is a program administered by FSA's partner USDA agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Nebraska NRCS has funding available through EQIP to provide financial assistance to farmers and ranchers for proper disposal of livestock mortalities associated with the March flooding and blizzard. Applications are being accepted through July 1, which is an extension of the original sign-up period. For more information, click here. In addition, Nebraska NRCS is making funding available to assist producers with the planting of cover crops on cropland acres damaged by the severe spring weather. The next application deadline for this program is June 21. Learn more about it 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.
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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