Sign-up is open through Dec. 6 for the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP). The 2019 MFP will operate a bit differently than the 2018 program. To learn more about it, please click on this link. County payments rates can be found under the "How Do Payments Work?" button on that web page.
To schedule an appointment to complete the MFP paperwork, please contact your county Farm Service Agency office.
There are several application deadlines coming over the next two months for Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance (NAP) coverage for the 2020 production season. NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which there is no permanent federal crop insurance. This can include alfalfa, grass, mixed forage, fruits and more. Coverage varies by county and by crop, so producers should visit with their county FSA office ahead of the application deadline. Some of the upcoming application deadlines include:
More information can be found at this link, or contact your county FSA office.
Enrollment is open now through March 15, 2020, for coverage of the 2019 crop production season under the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, two of the main safety net programs of the 2018 Farm Bill. ARC and PLC enrollment also is open for the 2020 crop year, with a deadline of June 30, 2020. Covered commodities in Nebraska include corn, soybeans, wheat and grain sorghum, among others.
ARC provides income support payments on historical base acres when actual crop revenue declines below a specified guarantee level. PLC provides income support payments on historical base acres when the price for a covered commodity falls below its effective reference price. For details on how these programs operate, click here. This link includes online resources (found under the Resources button) such as an estimated payment calculator and a 2018 Farm Bill Decision Aid tool. To gain an understanding of how these programs have changed from the 2014 Farm Bill to the 2018 Farm Bill, click here.
ARC/PLC education meetings are being planned for across the state. The purpose of the meetings will be to help ARC/PLC participants understand the various aspects of each program under the 2018 Farm Bill. More information on these meetings will be posted here at a later time.
Dairy producers can now enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for calendar year 2020. Sign-up is ongoing at select Nebraska FSA county offices through Dec. 13, 2019. DMC offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. To learn more about this program, visit the DMC web page.
To learn more about 2018 Farm Bill programs implemented through the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency, click on the logo below.
The nomination period for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee positions is complete. County committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between the agricultural community and USDA. Committees provide valuable input on how federal farm programs are administered locally and on how county offices function locally.
The next step is the voting process; ballots will be mailed to eligible voters in November. To learn more about what County FSA Committees do and how you can become active in your local committee, please contact your County FSA office. You also can learn more about County Committees by clicking here.
Farm Service Agency continues to implement programs to address the impacts of 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.
Here is a summary of some of the assistance programs that can be implemented as part of a response effort:
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP): This program financially assists producers when they suffer loss of livestock 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.
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.
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 or hay 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.
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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