Stories by FSA Andy

FSA Andy for Oct. 23, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hello again, friends! The 2008 farm bill made several changes to Farm Service Agency farm loans. The Down Payment real estate loan program has been expanded and improved. It is now available to beginning farmers and socially disadvantaged persons.

FSA Andy for Oct. 16, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hello again, friends! I don’t know which is crazier or more unpredictable, the stock market or the crop market. Both have taken their lumps over the last month or so. Combine falling prices with yields that may not measure up to the last couple of years and rising crop inputs, and farmers are forced to […]

FSA Andy for August 21, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Hello again! It is with a little sadness that I will sit back and watch as the 2008-09 school year begins. In September of 1996, that big yellow bus pulled up in front of our house and my little 5-year-old boarded the bus for her first day of kindergarten. This was a brave little soul […]

Non Insured Assistance Program deadline set

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hi again, Another weekend of summer bites the dust. It seems like only yesterday the children were getting out of school and the summer had just begun. Parents are now busy school shopping and preparing to send their children back to school. Some parents do this with great anticipation, as others are not looking forward […]

FSA Andy for August 7, 2008

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hello again! This year has found everyone in the office helping do acreage reports and sign producers into the Direct Counter-Cyclical Program. Sometimes, one can forget everything they need to do to meet our program procedures. I found a popular forgetful moment for producers was getting approval from Natural Resources Conservation Service prior to breaking […]

FSA Andy for July 31, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Hello again! This week I’m going to reissue 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 […]

Clearing some things up

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hi again, In last week’s article, I mentioned that qualifying for the Quality Loss Program required certain actions on behalf of producers. I wanted to clarify a couple of issues that may have been misleading. First, a producer does have to have a quantity loss application on file. However, that application does not have to […]

FSA Andy for July 10, 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hello again, The start of July doesn’t seem to have brought much help to us in the hay making department. Thank God for Sunfilm and tube wrappers as dry hay is just about impossible in central eastern Ohio. Wheat harvest will need to crank up soon or I don’t see too many double crop beans […]

FSA Andy for July 3

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Hello again! The Farm Service Agency has a youth loan program to establish and operate income-producing projects of modest size in connection with their participation in 4-H clubs, FFA, and similar organizations. Each project must be part of an organized and supervised program of work. The project must be planned and operated with the help […]

FSA Andy for June 26

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hello again! Foreign investors who buy, sell or hold a direct or indirect interest in U.S. agricultural land must report their holdings and transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Failure to timely file an accurate report can result in a penalty with fines up to 25 percent of the fair market value of the […]

FSA Andy for June 5

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Hello again! I’d like to discuss prevented planting and failed crops with you. It’s important to remember that you need to report prevented planted acreage and failed crops to your local Farm Service Agency office. This applies to all crops, whether covered by crop insurance, not covered by insurance, or covered by Farm Service Agency’s […]

FSA Andy for May 8

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Hello again! Looks like farmers in the area are getting some field work done — in between rains, that is. While you’re out there working ground, are you going to be a “sodbuster” this year? The term “sodbusting” is used to identify the plowing up of erosion-prone grasslands for use as cropland. Sodbuster violations are […]

FSA Andy for May 1

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Hello Again! This past week was full of excitement in the Farm Service Agency office. We celebrated Administrative Professionals Day and also National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. My daughter came to work with me and learned about several programs we offer. One program she read about was the Dairy Disaster Assistance […]

FSA Andy for April 24

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Hello again! The Farm Service Agency reminds interested applicants that the agency offers loans for farmers to purchase farmland and finance agricultural operations. Farm Service Agency 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 […]

FSA Andy for April 17

Thursday, April 17, 2008

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 Farm Service Agency office. Failed acreage must be reported to before destroying […]

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