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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


Were You Impacted by Recent Wildfires in Nebraska?

There are resources available through USDA agencies in Nebraska, including the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service. To learn about these disaster assistance programs and resources, please click on this link for a news release then contact your local USDA Service Center for additional details. 

In addition, click the following links to access Fact Sheets on three FSA programs that may be available to help:

* Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) - provides payments to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality;
* Emergency Assistance for Livestock Program (ELAP) - financial assistance for impacts such as grazing loss, purchased or produced feed loss and additional cost of purchasing feed above the quantities that you normally would purchase; and
* Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) - cost-share program that provides assistance to rehabilitate land severely damaged by natural disasters; includes fence loss.

Contact your county FSA to inquire about these and other programs. To find your nearest USDA Service Center, click on this office locator link

Nebraska FSA Fact Sheets, Webinar Highlights Drought Resources for 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, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program, and Conservation Reserve Program emergency haying and grazing.

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

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

How's Planting Season Going? FSA Offices Need Your Help Now for Spring Acreage Certification

Nebraska FSA offices across the state are working on 2022 spring acreage certification. Accurate and timely reporting of acres for all crops and land uses is an FSA program eligibility requirement. The next acreage certification deadline is July 15, 2022, for common spring-planted crops such as corn, soybeans and grain sorghum, as well as Conservation Reserve Program acres and perennial grass. 

Producers should contact their county FSA office now about the process the office is using for acreage certification. In some cases, county offices provide producers field maps to mark on as they complete the planting process. County office contact information can be found by clicking here.

USDA Application Period for CRP Special Initiatives Ongoing

Nebraska FSA offices are accepting applications for special CRP initiatives, including the Clean Lakes, Estuaries, And Rivers (CLEAR30) CRP; the Migratory Birds, Butterflies and Pollinators State Acres for Wildlife CRP; and the Platte-Republican Resources Area Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. 

CLEAR30 CRP: This special initiative is available to current CRP contract holders who have their land in eligible water quality practices, such as riparian buffers, contour strips and grass waterways, and whose contracts are expiring by Sept. 30, 2022. This provides an opportunity for these contract holders to enroll in new 30-year contracts. Applications are open now through Aug. 5. For more information, please click here.

MIGRATORY BIRD SAFE: The Migratory Bird CRP SAFE project is designed to provide private landowners a market-based financial incentive for restoring playa wetlands. It is available in 42 Nebraska counties. For more information, please click here.

PLATTE-REPUBLICAN CREP: This CRP special initiative is available to landowners in select areas of the Platte and Republican river basins. For more information, please click here.

Resources for Beginning Farmers, Ranchers 

Nebraska Farm Service Agency recently participated in a webinar with the Nebraska Land Link, 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. During the webinar, Nebraska FSA reviewed its programs available to beginning farmers and ranchers and those who want to work with beginners. The hour-long video resource on FSA beginning farmer tools is available for viewing at this link.

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

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. For example, a couple programs to address drought impacts include:

Livestock Forage Disaster Program - The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides financial support to livestock owners and contract growers who also have grazed forage crop acres, such as pastures and fields planted for forage grazing purposes, that have sustained drought impacts. Several counties in Nebraska have already triggered for this program in 2022. To learn more about the program, click here

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Emergency Haying and Grazing: CRP emergency haying and grazing can trigger based on U.S. Drought Monitor conditions and then becomes available as a drought mitigative tool. Anyone interested in accessing this program option must contact their county FSA office for approval prior to beginning any haying and grazing activities on CRP acres. To learn more about this program option, view this fact sheet or click here to watch/listen to a brief video outlining program provisions. 

Fact sheets that outline these and other disaster programs can be found 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.

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 organizations, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA), in this newsletter, and because it's electronic, you can read it anywhere, anytime.

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 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