Stories by FSA Andy

NAP coverage deadline is fast approaching

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hello Again! Just a little reminder since the deadline is almost upon us — if you are interested in purchasing or continuing NAP coverage on your forage for hay and/or pasture for 2011, the last day to apply or send in your fees is Nov. 20. If you have had the coverage previously and are […]

Ask FSA Andy: Sometimes USDA wheels turn exceedingly slow

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hello Again.“Hurry up and wait.” I can still remember my dad, a World War II Navy veteran, mumbling that phrase whenever he was dealing with government entities. It seems that has always been a common phrase for all branches of the military. A rush to get something accomplished, and then a lull until you can […]

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Hello Again, and Happy New Year! Happy New Year? Many of you might be looking up to the top of the page right now to make sure you did not lose a few months, but I can assure you the calendar has not moved. It is still October. But here at Farm Service Agency, October […]

New program allows continued rental payments

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hello Again! A producer who is a frequent visitor to our local Farm Service Agency office stopped in the other day. Sometimes I get the impression that he considers himself as much of a philosopher as he does a farmer. And that could be true, because many times our discussion is deep enough that it […]

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has added a new conservation loan program that provides farmers with the credit necessary to implement conservation measures on their land. This loan program is in partnership with the Natural Resources and Conservation Service to provide upfront funding to implement conservation practices. The goal of the FSA conservation […]

Conservation Reserve Program has benefits

Thursday, September 23, 2010

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 […]

Loans for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hello again! The Farm Service Agency makes loan funds available each year to help members of underserved groups buy and operate family-sized farms and ranches. FSA’s loan program for socially disadvantaged farmers targets minority groups whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group, […]

FSA Andy gives pointers on the Farm Storage Facility Loan program

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hello again! The wheat harvest was strong, beans pods are filling, corn is beautiful against the September sky and final harvest preparations are on each producer’s mind. This is a good time of year to evaluate the effectiveness of your farm’s storage facility and handling systems and to consider participating in the updated Farm Storage […]

FSA Andy advice on marketing loans

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hello again! The Wayne County Fair starts Sept. 11. It remains the largest Junior Fair in Ohio, with over 350 dairy projects, 350 swine projects, 150 lamb projects and 125 steer projects, along with numerous horse, goat, rabbit and poultry projects. This fair is also the least expensive to attend, with gate admission only $2 […]

FSA Andy deadline reminders

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hello again! It is time once again for the big yellow school bus to start rolling down the road. Parents everywhere will be reminding their children to “Hurry up and eat your breakfast. You better not miss that bus. Don’t forget your lunch or lunch money.” Sound familiar? As a mother, I feel like I […]

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