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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hello Again! I hope you are sorting out the farm bills and FSA papers as need be as we wrap up the end of this year. As many of you are meeting with your landlords over holiday cookies and milk, make sure you have your lease agreements up to speed and that you notify your […]

FSA Andy for Dec. 10, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dear farmers: In the midst of the holiday bustle we need to catch up on paperwork after the long harvest season. I still have several farmers that have corn in the field and can’t deliver it to the elevator that it’s contracted to. With that thought in mind, here are some Farm Service Agency programs […]

FSA Andy for Nov. 26, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hello again, Farming this year has presented many challenges to our hard working and dedicated farmers. I know that one of the big challenges this fall is making ends meet and cash flowing your farm business needs. USDA may be able to help you obtain some quick cash if you own some harvested grain that […]

FSA Andy for Nov. 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hello Again! I know you have been working hard to finish harvesting, but now is the time to plan ahead concerning your 2010 crops. At your local FSA office, you can buy an insurance policy on any of your perennial crops that are not insurable by Federal Crop Insurance. This program is called the Noninsured […]

FSA Andy for Nov. 5, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Hello friends, Fall is a wonderful time of year to appreciate how beautiful Ohio and Pennsylvania can be. As my farmers have been working long hours to try to complete their harvests, the fall colors have been just spectacular this year. Of course, fall weather can be different from day to day, too. I know […]

FSA Andy for Oct. 29, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hello again, friends! Halloween at my house usually brings a pleasant diversion from harvest, or lack of harvest as the case may be. The kids always start planning their Halloween alter-egos several weeks in advance. Of course, there is some parental guidance. “No, you can not be a belly dancer” and “No, you can not […]

FSA Andy for Oct. 22, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hello, friends! October is always one of the most active months of the year around my house. Routines are being set for school, fall sports are getting into high gear and, of course, the combines are in the field. We try to take a little time out each year to go on one of the […]

FSA Andy for Oct. 8, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hello Friends! This month’s articles from FSA Andy will originate from the beautiful hills of Coshocton County. The Coshocton Fair began on Oct. 2, so between the construction of the 4-H fair booth, the readying of projects and preparing displays, FSA activities almost have become an afterthought. Almost. Being so late in the year, many […]

FSA Andy for Sept. 24, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hello Again! It seems as though “going green” is all the rage. More and more people are looking for environmentally friendly, sustainable and all natural products. But did you know the Farm Service Agency (FSA) has been “going green” for many years? Millions of acres of the nation’s natural resources have been improved and preserved […]

FSA Andy for Sept. 17, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hello again! It seems as though “going green” is all the rage. More and more people are looking for environmentally friendly, sustainable and all natural products. But did you know the Farm Service Agency has been “going green” for many years? Millions of acres of the nation’s natural resources have been improved and preserved through […]

FSA Andy for Sept. 3, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hello again! Last month, I spent a day at the Ohio State Fair. My trip was not complete without a visit to see the sculpted butter cow on display in the Dairy Products Building. While numerous fair-goers viewed the butter cow and tried to eat their ice cream cones before they melted away, few probably […]

FSA Andy for Aug. 27, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hello again, The motto for the Boy Scouts is ‘Be Prepared.’ Are you prepared for your 2009 harvest? Will your corn be singing, “Oh, give me a home!” Have you considered applying for a Farm Storage Facility Loan through your local FSA office but were waiting on the ‘new’ changes? Well, guess what? The changes […]

FSA Andy for Aug. 20, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hello again! Recently, dairy and livestock producers have been struggling financially with low milk and livestock prices. It does not appear that this situation is going to improve in the short term. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is undertaking an effort to use the department’s administrative flexibility to provide relief to producers […]

FSA Andy for Aug. 13, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hello again! In June, while lounging by the pool one sunny Saturday afternoon, a friend of mine, who we will call Susie, was discussing putting in a garden. Susie started asking if it was too late to plant a garden. I then inquired as to what she intended to plant. Susie started with potatoes, onions, […]

Taking the job seriously

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hello Again! After you read this week’s FSA Andy, you will realize that the author of this weekly column changes with the passing of every month. To compare myself to the writer of last month, you are talking about two completely different individuals. To begin with, I am a female Andy and last month it […]

FSA Andy for July 30, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hello, Friends: I knew they would finally catch up with me. I received that dreaded pink slip, however it wasn’t signed so I guess I can write at least one more article before they catch up with me. This past week, our town put on their first-ever Critter Cook-off. One local resident provided his opinion […]

FSA Andy for July 23, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hello Again! This week I’m going to reissue/revise a previous article I wrote. Amazingly enough, the same issues I wrote about two years ago are still points of contention at FSA offices. Most county offices have gone to appointments to better assist producers. Please try to keep your appointment if at all possible. Please reschedule […]

No offense: Just bringing awareness

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Hi again, Apparently I didn’t offend anyone with last week’s article as I didn’t receive a pink slip. Yet! However, I am not delusional enough to believe that mentioning the disposition of varmints isn’t offensive to some people. Awareness is important. I received an e-mail the other day showing an ad taken out in a […]

FSA Andy for July 9, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hello Again! Well, I got away with an opinion last week so I think I’ll start off with another opinion of mine about something I have trouble understanding. Is this the year of the groundhog or what? I have never seen as many nor had so many farmers complain about them and from different counties. […]

FSA Andy for July 2, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Hello Again! Here I sit, it’s Friday afternoon and I’m trying to figure out what to write for this article. FSA stuff can be a little boring and, of course, we are never allowed to provide an opinion because the agency is concerned that someone would come back and sue them for following some opinions. […]

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FSA Andy is written by USDA Farm Service Agency county executive directors in northeastern Ohio.