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Farmers Can Now Enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs for 2024 Crop Year

January 4, 2024
Extended for an additional year, the ARC and PLC programs will provide assistance to producers facing commodity market volatilities throughout the 2024 crop year.

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USDA map for hardiness zones in Nebraska.

USDA ‘Hardiness’ Zone Sees Few Changes for Most of Nebraska

December 19, 2023
The new hardiness zone map for Nebraska has shifted the southernmost regions into a new zone — a refinement to the map due to a nearly doubled amount of available weather station data for the region.

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Historical small grains data for Nebraska is available at USDA.

2023 Small Grain County-level Estimates

December 19, 2023
County-level estimates for 2023 small grain acreage, yield and production are now available on the Quick Stats online database.

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To help prevent farm foreclosures, USDA will cover approximately $80 million in delinquencies for an estimated 210 borrowers whose qualifying guaranteed loans were flagged for liquidation as of Nov. 30, 2023. USDA will also provide approximately $128 million for an estimated 1,120 borrowers with currently outstanding direct Emergency Loans as of Nov. 30, 2023.

USDA Provides $208 Million to Help Prevent Guaranteed Borrower Foreclosure, Assist Emergency Loan Borrowers

December 15, 2023
Borrowers can submit requests in person at their local FSA office or via the assistance portals on farmers.gov by Dec. 31, 2023.

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Todd Scholz, vice president of research and members services of the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, discusses what’s new in the pulse crop arena. (Photo by Chabella Guzman)

Nebraska Pulse Crop Conference Reviewed Crop Insurance and Policy

December 15, 2023
USDA recently announced its expanded revenue protection for dry pea production in Nebraska, which is set to begin with the 2024 crop year.

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In addition to the U.S. territory ag census data collection, two ag census special studies that will provide more in-depth information on certain industries will be conducted this fall and winter: the 2023 Census of Aquaculture and the 2023 Irrigation and Water Management Survey.

USDA Announces 2022 Census of Agriculture Data Release Details

November 29, 2023
The 2022 Census of Agriculture data will be released online on Feb. 13, 2024.

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Irrigators can complete the 2023 Irrigation and Water Management Survey online or via paper questionnaires, which will be mailed in January. All surveys are due by Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024.

USDA Invites Agriculture Producers to Share Input in 2023 Irrigation and Water Management Survey

November 29, 2023
Producer input through the survey will aid USDA’s efforts to promote efficient irrigation practices and long-term sustainability of water resources across the United States.

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To submit a request for USDA FSA assistance, producers should contact their local USDA Service Center.

USDA November 2023 Lending Rates for Agricultural Producers

November 17, 2023
USDA FSA's website features the Loan Assistance Tool, an interactive online, step-by-step guide that assists producers through the farm loan process.

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