Farm Program

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USDA to Host Beginning Farming and Ranching Webinar Series for Service Members, Veterans

April 16, 2024
This webinar series will provide service members, veterans and military spouses with critical USDA Beginning Farming and Ranching Program information that will better position attendees to enter farming or ranching careers.

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Numerous Nebraska businesses have received assistance from USDA's Rural Energy for America Program so far this year to establish clean energy facilities and increase domestic fertilizer production. Learn more about these initiatives below.

USDA Invests $124 Million in Clean Energy and Fertilizer Projects

April 11, 2024
Three Nebraska businesses are among the award recipients of USDA's renewable energy program, which helps fund projects that will lower energy costs, generate new income and create jobs for the ag industry.

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The April 16 Data Users' Meeting will include USDA updates followed by an open forum session with questions and comments.

USDA to Host Data Users’ Meeting to Gather Public Input on Statistical Programs

April 11, 2024
Free to the public with a virtual attendance option, the Data Users' Meeting is held to share recent and pending statistical program changes with the public and to solicit input on programs important to agriculture. 

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To learn more about USDA programs geared toward helping farmers add renewable energy to their operations, view this webinar series.

New Initiative to Help Farmers Reduce Costs with Underutilized Renewable Technologies

March 15, 2024
The new initiative will provide funds for hundreds of farmers to deploy smaller-scale wind projects, small-scale hydropower, geothermal, biomass-based and other clean energy.

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USDA’s REAP and FPEP programs were devised to help ag producers and rural small business owners expand their use of clean energy, modernize equipment, adopt new technologies, build production plants and more.

USDA Invests $207 Million in Clean Energy and Domestic Fertilizer Projects

February 15, 2024
One of the program fund recipients is a Nebraska-based business that plans to construct a fully automated fertilizer facility.

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As part of the new collaboration, the CDFA-NASDA program will help rural communities understand the myriad of financing programs available to invest in socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and develop long-term access to capital programs and strategies.

New Program Aims to Help Socially Disadvantaged Ag Producers Access Capital

February 14, 2024
The program will assist underserved farmers and ranchers with finding affordable funding sources to start and grow their business.

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There are several assistance programs available through USDA that may help producers who have experiences losses due to recent severe winter weather. More information about these programs is available on

FSA Offers Disaster Assistance to Nebraska Producers Impacted by Recent Winter Storms

February 2, 2024
Nebraska farmers and ranchers are encouraged to contact FSA to learn about assistance programs for severe winter weather losses and how to apply.

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For assistance with fluctuations in commodity crop prices, producers can elect coverage and enroll in ARC-County or PLC on a crop-by-crop basis, or ARC-Individual for the entire farm, for the 2024 crop year. Elections must be submitted by March 15.

ARC/PLC Program Workshop for Ag Producers Announced

January 31, 2024
Hosted at numerous sites throughout Nebraska in February, the free workshops will help producers learn more about the ARC and PLC programs and how to apply in 2024.

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