USDA Declares 12 Nebraska Counties As Primary Natural Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON, DC – Agricultural producers in some Nebraska counties may be eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. Producers in Banner, Box, Butte, Cheyenne, Deuel, Garden, Madison, Morrill, Pierce, Platte, Scottsbluff, Sheridan and Wayne counties should apply here.

Due to drought, the FSA can extend much-needed relief to producers across Nebraska. These loans can serve various causes, such as replacement of equipment or livestock. Refinancing certain debts is a possibility.

Other counties in Nebraska that are eligible include: Antelope, Arthur, Boone, Butler, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Dawes, Dixon, Grant, Keith, Kimball, Knox, Merrick, Nance, Perkins, Polk, Sheridan, Sioux, Stanton and Thurston counties.

The deadline to apply for these loans is June 14, 2021. The FSA will review applications based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

There are other FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration. These include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program.

Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for more information about these loans. Additional information can be found at