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Nebraska State Farm Service Agency
By: Nancy Johner, State Executive Director: - 06/30/2020

I want to begin this month by offering a note of thanks to you, our Nebraska FSA customers. It is a stressful and challenging time in agriculture, and while our offices are here to help you, we've had to do so under unique circumstances and different models of service delivery due to the impact of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience and adaptation to using our office drop boxes, email, and other online tools.

As a federal government agency, we must follow the lead of USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. We are moving toward a resumption of in-person, in-office traffic in phases, and so USDA Service Centers across the state will be at different levels of operation, depending on local trend lines for COVID-19 cases. The best way to learn your office status is to call ahead for an appointment. Click https://bit.ly/3gblnK8, to find your local office contact information.

Again, thanks for your patience. Please know we are as anxious as you to get back to "normal" service options. Please also know we see value in continuing to offer some of these new service delivery mechanisms going forward.

Take a moment to read the articles below to familiarize yourself with upcoming important deadlines, such as ARC/PLC 2020 enrollment (June 30) and spring crop acreage reporting (July 15). We also continue to assist folks with Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) applications. If you haven't visited with us yet about this program (it includes most major crop and livestock commodities in Nebraska), please go to farmers.gov/cfap to learn more and then make an appointment with your local FSA office.

I also want to highlight the article below on the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). This program is an ad hoc disaster assistance program that was rolled out late last year to assist producers with crop losses due to natural disasters for 2019 and 2018. Excessive moisture was added to the program in late 2019 as a qualifying disaster event. Please review the article and then call your county FSA office if you believe you may qualify for this program.

That's all for this month. Best wishes for the summer.

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