Stories by FSA Andy

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. […]

FSA Andy for June 25, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hello Again! Don’t be left out in the rain! The Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) can soften financial losses caused by natural disasters, but only if you insured your crop. If you are a policy holder of a NAP crop, you need to take certain steps to ensure you maximize your benefits under this […]

FSA Andy for June 18, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hello again! If you are a taxpayer, you might want to read this article. In June 2000, Congress passed the Agricultural Risk Protection Act. This act requires that Risk Management Agency, with the assistance of the Farm Service Agency, improve program compliance and integrity of the federal crop insurance program. By providing a checks-and-balance system, […]

FSA Andy for June 11, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hello Again! Your local Farm Service Agency needs your help! We are seeking nominees to serve as a candidate for the county committee and you may be the right person for the job! Each county office will hold an election in the Local Administrative Area in which the current committee member’s three-year term is set […]

FSA Andy for June 4, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hello Again! Planting season is in full swing and many of you are now finishing up those last few acres. Sun-drenched days will soon find us out and about everywhere, whether it’s finishing planting, doing yard work, fishing, biking or golfing. It won’t be long before the fields come to life with emerging crops. Spring […]

FSA Andy for May 21, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hello Again! And a warm welcome to the beautiful springtime weather! With spring planting around the corner, the Farm Service Agency encourages producers to report any prevented planting acreage or failed crop acreage that will not be brought to harvest to their local FSA office. Failed acreage must be reported to FSA before destroying and […]

FSA Andy for May 14, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hello Again! “Rain, rain go away come back another day,” even at the ripe old age of (… well let’s not go there) I find myself singing the children’s song as we see yet more rain in the upcoming forecast. “Grain planting this spring is turning into a tale of two Corn Belts — with […]

FSA Andy for May 7, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hello Again! Planting season has begun and farmers are trying to get crops in the ground between all the rains we have been getting lately. Even though we are rushing around to make sure crops are getting planted on the farm and trying to get signed up for DCP and/or ACRE in the office, I […]

FSA Andy for April 16, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency reminds participants in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) of the following operations and maintenance rules applicable to any land you may have enrolled. Cosmetic or periodic mowing of CRP acreage is prohibited. Mowing to maintain your NRCS plan can be performed on CRP fields after July 15. CRP land […]

FSA Andy for April 9, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hello Again! Recently, producers received some good news concerning enrolling their farms in the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced USDA has extended the sign-up deadline from June 1 to Aug. 14 for both DCP and the forthcoming ACRE Program. This action […]

FSA Andy for April 2, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hello Again! The recently approved American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) authorized an additional waiver which allows producers another opportunity to pay a buy-in fee for 2008 eligibility to be eligible for 2008 disaster assistance. The buy-in fee must be paid by May 18. Paying such a buy-in fee does not provide the […]

FSA Andy for March 26, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hello again! The Farm Service Agency wants to remind interested applicants FSA offers loans for farmers to purchase farmland and to finance agricultural operations. FSA loan programs are designed to help producers who are temporarily unable to obtain private or commercial credit. In many cases, applicants are beginning farmers who have insufficient net worth to […]

FSA Andy for March 5

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hello again! The Farm Service Agency makes loans to rural youth to establish and operate income producing agriculture projects in connection with their participation in 4-H or FFA. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization adviser, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business […]

FSA Andy for Feb. 26

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hello Again! This morning brought a big change in the weather as the wind is blowing and the snow is swirling. At least the mud is now frozen again but the realization that winter still holds its grip doesn’t help the spring fever from the recent warm up. But spring is just around the corner […]

FSA Andy for Feb. 19

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hello Again! The snow and ice are gone but the recent wind storm brought down a lot of trees in our neck of the woods. I’ve been meaning to take down an old dead oak tree at the corner of the machine shed for some time now. Mother Nature did it for me. The tree […]

FSA Andy for Feb. 5, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hello Again! This winter has reminded me of my childhood when snow came and lasted for weeks on end. My youngest daughter has enjoyed sledding with her friends and I have enjoyed sitting by the fire as much as possible. Farming in this kind of weather brings home the reality it’s not all fun and […]

FSA Andy for Jan. 8, 2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hello Again! I take it all of you reading my message have survived all the food and festivities of the holiday season. I am sure we are making the lifestyle changes we have thought about the past several years. You know what I mean — a little less pastries, cut out the Mountain Dew, try […]

FSA Andy for Dec. 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Hello Again! As we celebrate Christmas, I always reflect back, not only on this year, but on those gone by. I am so thankful for my farmers, friends and family. We have been through a lot over the years. I fondly recall those years when I worked as the ASCS director in Harrison County. It […]

FSA Andy for Dec. 11, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hello Again! I know I am showing my age, not only in my looks, but by my generations of farm experiences. I read about a hog referendum and I think back to those summer days at home scraping down the finishing barn at Dad’s and those winter mornings checking baby pigs under heat lamps. Those […]

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