Natural Disasters

Farmer in droughty field
The webinar features discussion about FSA drought assistance programs by Pat Lechner, Nebraska FSA price support, conservation and environmental programs chief, Ben Henrink, Nebraska FSA farm loan program specialist, Brad Lubben, Nebraska Extension policy specialist, and Shannon Sand, Nebraska Extension agricultural economist.

USDA Drought Assistance Programs in 2023

May 25, 2023
This webinar reviews how to apply for key drought assistance programs, and discusses drought disaster designations, the FSA emergency loan program, and management principles and recordkeeping needs for producers under drought conditions.

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Carter Canyon wildfire smoke
Carter Canyon wildfire in 2022 as seen from Scottsbluff. (Photo by Chabella Guzman)

Wildfire Recovery Field Tour Scheduled for June 9

May 25, 2023
The free field tour will visit two locations that experienced wildfires during the summer of 2021 and 2022 for discussion with rangeland management experts on recovery strategies, reseeding fire lines and more.

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Corn in drought
To help producers prepare for program delivery, USDA has announced the forms that will be required to participate in ERP and ELRP for 2022 losses — AD-2047, CCC-902, CCC-901, AD-1026. For more information, see the section 'How Producers Can Prepare' below. .

USDA Previews $3.7 Billion Emergency Assistance Program for 2022 Natural Disaster Losses

May 19, 2023
Through a streamlined application process, USDA intends to send pre-filled applications directly to eligible crop producers in early summer.

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Cattle in drought
Currently, 55 Nebraska counties are eligible to eligible to apply for the 2023 Livestock Forage Disaster Program, and all but five counties are eligible for ELAP assistance. View your county's eligibility status here.

Drought Assistance Webinar May 4

April 27, 2023
This CAP webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of FSA drought assistance programs, including current designations, eligibility and application requirements, plus information on management strategies and record-keeping for producers during drought.

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County map
The counties highlighted in blue are now eligible to apply for 2023 LFP benefits on small grains, native pasture, improved pasture or forage sorghum due to severe drought status. (CropWatch image)

USDA Farm Service Agency Offers Disaster Assistance to Nebraska Farmers, Livestock Producers Impacted by Drought

April 26, 2023
Producers have until Dec. 1, 2023 to apply for FSA drought assistance loans on grazing losses from small grains, native pasture, improved pasture or forage sorghum.

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Droughty corn
Approximately $123 million in automatic financial assistance has been made available for qualifying Farm Loan Program (FLP) direct loan borrowers who meet certain criteria.

USDA Announces Additional Assistance for Distressed Farmers Facing Financial Risk

March 31, 2023
The new relief funds will begin dispersement in April, and all producers with open FLP loans will receive a letter that details eligibility, and information about qualifying for assistance and how to apply.

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Wildfire photo
UNL Associate Professor and Extension Policy Specialist Brad Lubben discusses two new USDA assistance programs, the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) Phase 2 and the 2020 Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program (PARP), with USDA representatives Patrick Lechner and Cathy Anderson.

USDA Farm Service Agency Disaster Programs Webinar

March 16, 2023
Learn more about two new USDA programs created to assist farmers and ranchers with natural disaster and pandemic-related losses in this Center for Agricultural Profitability webinar.

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Wildfire in field

Assistance Available for Nebraska Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by Wildfire

November 11, 2022
Nebraska landowners now have until May 31, 2023 to apply for USDA NRCS assistance with wildfire recovery efforts on cropland or rangeland.

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