Stories by FSA Andy

FSA Andy: Assistance program offered for renewable energy crops

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the establishment of four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program project areas to promote the cultivation of crops that can be processed into renewable energy.

Ask FSA Andy: Commodity Credit Corp. loans, CRP and farm loans

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hello Again! Today I have three topics I would like to briefly talk about. They include your stored grain that is under loan, maintenance of your CRP land, and any claims of past discrimination in obtaining farm loans. First, let’s discuss that grain in your bin that is under Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) loan. Since […]

Farmers should participate in FSA county committee elections

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The nomination period for local Farm Service Agency county committees began June 15. I urge all farmers to participate in this year’s county committee elections by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1 deadline.

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy– Delay in prevented planting

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hello Again! We at FSA sincerely hope most of you have been able to get back into the fields and make some progress in planting your corn, soybeans, or vegetables and in harvesting your first cutting of hay. Due to all the Ohio spring rainfall, an extension of time has been approved by the Deputy […]

FSA built to support farmers and continues to do so

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hello Again! Do you remember the Great Depression with its Black Tuesday in 1929? Or did you experience the dust bowl and see the cloud of soil coming at you on Black Sunday in 1935? The 1930s were difficult times for American farmers. In fact, President Roosevelt was alarmed at the loss of family-sized, family-owned […]

Transitioning farm to next generation? Consider your USDA participation

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hello Friends: Few things make a farmer happier at retirement than handing his/her farm to someone who also loves working the land. In last week’s Farm and Dairy, Chris Zoller discussed legal steps to follow during farm transition to the next generation. Considering how farm transition affects participation in FSA programs is equally important to […]

Ask Andy: Crop status important for disaster programs

Thursday, May 5, 2011

FSA would like to remind producers to report prevented, planted or failed crop acreage in a timely manner.

Don’t forget commodity program deadlines

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hello Again! With all the cold, windy, and wet weather we have felt lately it’s hard to believe that April is almost over! Hopefully very soon we will be able to get into the fields to start spring planting! With spring encouraging warmer weather, the folks at FSA have a few reminders and 3 very […]

Claims process in place for alleged discrimination at USDA

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hello again! As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations that discrimination occurred at USDA in past decades, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the establishment of a process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert they were discriminated against when seeking USDA farm loans. Claims process […]

Conservation Reserve Program deadline approaches

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hello again! Easy money, restoring the environment, being good stewards of what we are graced with and leaving a sound future for our children; these are all good reasons to participate in the Conservation Reserve Program. The Conservation Reserve Program is offering a general sign-up that ends April 15. During the sign-up period, farmers and […]

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