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Nebraska News Releases

State Executive Director

Tim Divis

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  1. USDA Accepts More Than 2.5 Million Acres in Grassland CRP Signup

    Fri Sep 10, 2021 03:11 PM

    Nebraska Ranks Third in Number of Acres Enrolled During Signup

    LINCOLN, Nebraska, September 10, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has accepted offers for more than 2.5 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment through this year’s Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup. This is double last year’s enrollment and brings the total acres enrolled across all CRP signups in 2021 to more than 5.3 million acres, surpassing USDA’s 4-million-acre goal. Producers and landowners submitted offers for nearly 4 million acres in Grassland CRP, the highest in the signup’s history. 

  2. USDA Expands Assistance to Cover Feed Transportation Costs for Drought-Impacted Ranchers in Nebraska

    Fri Sep 10, 2021 03:00 PM

    LINCOLN, Nebraska, September 9, 2021 — In response to the severe drought conditions in the West and Great Plains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today its plans to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on grazing. USDA is updating the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) to immediately cover feed transportation costs for drought impacted ranchers. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide more details and tools to help Nebraska ranchers get ready to apply at their local USDA Service Center later this month at fsa.usda.gov/elap.

  3. Lenders Can Now Apply for New Heirs' Property Relending Program

    Thu Sep 2, 2021 03:38 PM

    WASHINGTON, August 30, 2021 – Intermediary lenders can now apply for loans through the new Heirs’ Property Relending Program (HPRP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications today through October 29, 2021, and cooperatives, credit unions and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply for these competitive loans, which ultimately will help agricultural producers and landowners resolve heirs’ land ownership and succession issues.  

  4. USDA Designates Dixon County, Nebraska, as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

    Tue Aug 31, 2021 03:30 PM

    This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

  5. USDA Updates Pandemic Assistance for Livestock, Poultry Contract Producers and Specialty Crop Growers

    Thu Aug 26, 2021 04:37 PM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2021—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is updating the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) for contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry and producers of specialty crops and other sales-based commodities. CFAP 2, which assists producers who faced market disruptions in 2020 due to COVID-19, is part of USDA’s broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set an Oct. 12 deadline for all eligible producers to apply for or modify applications for CFAP 2. 

  6. USDA Accepts 2.8 Million Acres for the Conservation Reserve Program

    Thu Aug 26, 2021 04:25 PM

    Washington, Aug. 23, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has accepted 2.8 million acres in offers from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in 2021. This year, almost 1.9 million acres in offers have been accepted through the General CRP Signup, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has accepted over 897,000 acres for enrollment through the Continuous Signup.  The Continuous Signup remains open and CRP Grasslands Signup closed last week, so USDA expects to enroll more acres into all of CRP than the 3 million acres that are expiring.

  7. USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Costs for Organic Certification

    Wed Aug 18, 2021 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2021 – Organic producers and handlers can now apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds to assist with the cost of receiving or maintaining organic certification. Applications for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) are due Nov. 1, 2021.  

  8. Emergency Haying, Grazing of CRP Acres Available to Help Livestock Producers Weather Drought

    Tue Aug 10, 2021 10:00 AM

    Options Available in Many Nebraska Counties Due to Drought Conditions

    LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 10, 2021 – Agricultural producers impacted by drought can now request haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres in certain Nebraska counties, while still receiving their full rental payment for the land.  

  9. USDA Announces Program to Help Heirs Resolve Land Ownership, Succession Issues

    Wed Aug 4, 2021 10:33 AM

    LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 29, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $67 million in competitive loans through the new Heirs’ Property Relending Program (HPRP), which aims to help agricultural producers and landowners resolve heirs’ land ownership and succession issues. Intermediary lenders - cooperatives, credit unions, and nonprofit organizations – can apply for loans up to $5 million at 1 percent interest once the Farm Service Agency (FSA) opens the two-month signup window in late August. 

  10. Two South Dakota Counties Receive Drought Disaster Designation; Impacts Cedar, Dixon Counties in Nebraska

    Fri Jul 30, 2021 08:40 AM

    This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.