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.
**New*** Emergency Grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Acres: CRP emergency grazing is authorized statewide through April 30, 2019. CRP contract holders interested in this option must contact their county FSA office prior to moving their own livestock onto CRP acres or allowing another producer to move livestock there. Many, but not all, CRP practices were approved for this emergency grazing option. See news release here.
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP): This program financially assists producers when they suffer loss of livestock due to adverse weather. As producers assess their individual situations, whether it be the blizzard in the West or the flooding in the East, here are a couple of key things to keep in mind:
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP): This program covers some livestock losses that do not fall under the Livestock Indemnity Program. Specific to the current adverse weather situations in Nebraska, ELAP may be applicable as it can, in certain situations, financially assist with livestock feed losses, such as bales that may have been destroyed in the flood.
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. **NEW** There have been 45 Nebraska counties authorized to begin accepting ECP applications. To view the list, please click here.
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.
Here are the links to the Fact Sheet about these programs: Set-Aside Program, Emergency Loan Program.
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.
Have you added or lost acres to your farm/ranch operation, either through lease or purchase? Have you moved/changed addresses, or do you have a new phone number? How about your financial institution - have you switched where you bank?
Now is a good time for farmers and ranchers to drop by their local FSA office to update their farm/ranch records with any changes made recently. These updates are important for FSA program implementation, and doing these updates now is one less thing you'll have to worry about when the weather improves, and you need to be outdoors.
Call and make an appointment today. To find your office, 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, authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, 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