Stories by FSA Andy

Ask FSA by FSA Andy: Check in and report all of your crops

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello Again! Reporting your crop acres to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office each year is one of the best financial decisions you can make for your farming operation. For most farmers, reporting crop acres is habit or tradition, however, if you don’t report your acres or have recently obtained a farm or the management […]

Did you plant after June 5? Call FSA

Thursday, June 5, 2014

As I worked in the hayfield this last weekend, counting the small squares as they went off the back of the baler, I once again realized how blessed I was to be a farmer and to be involved in agriculture in general.

Done planting? Keep good records just in case

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Producers should record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including as much documentation as possible to substantiate your claim.

FSA county committee members help fellow farmers

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hello Again! As you read this, Memorial Day is right around the corner. Maybe you will celebrate with a cookout and a visit to the cemetery. Maybe you will attend a parade or maybe you will spend it in the seat of a tractor. No matter how you celebrate Memorial Day, I hope you take […]

Remember to report your planting

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Crop reporting is still required to maintain eligibility for most USDA programs.

Tree assist. prog offers relief

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hello Again, The Farm Service Agency recently announced orchardists and nursery tree growers who experienced losses from natural disasters that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011, can sign up for the Tree Assistance Program. TAP was authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 as a permanent disaster program. Ohio has been hit hard this […]

USDA sets date for soybean request for referendum

Thursday, May 1, 2014

USDA will offer soybean producers the opportunity to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order.

Report failed crop acreage

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hello again! With spring planting quickly approaching, the Farm Service Agency encourages farmers to report failed crop acreage that will not be brought to harvest to their Farm Service Agency office. Failed acreage must be reported to Farm Service Agency before destroying and replanting to allow time for a field check. “It is very important […]

FSA provides free online news service

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hello again! Keeping up with the times is now a little easier using the Farm Service Agency’s GovDelivery system. GovDelivery is a one-stop shop for the most up-to-date USDA program information. What’s available Through FSA’s GovDelivery electronic news service, participants can choose to receive federal farm program information by topic, state and/or county. Producers can […]

2014 farm bill changes for FSA Farm loans

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello Again! The 2014 Farm Bill made several modifications to the Farm Service Agency farm loan programs. These modifications were implemented as of February 7, 2014 when the President signed the Farm Bill. The definition of a qualified beginning farmer has been modified. It was based on the median farm size and has been changed […]

Understanding the new farm bill will take patience

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello again, I sure have seen a lot of information about the new farm bill in the newspaper. There is some good information out there with most of it being put out by our agency. Like everyone else, I read the information and store it away until a sign-up period becomes a reality.  I compare […]

Dates to remember, as you await better weather

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello again! The weather, the weather, the weather! Lately it sounds like a curse word. I realize it is only March, and yes, I know spring will come eventually. It just feels like it has been a very long winter. For me, it isn’t about getting into a field to get it planted.  In my […]

Ask FSA Andy about FSA history

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello Again! I guess I have been a little nostalgic lately, since I just celebrated my 25th year with the Farm Service Agency. With this milestone, I also noted that this will be my fifth farm bill I will get to be part of implementing, by explaining it to our local farmers. It amazes me […]

As federal policies change, make sure you’re still eligible

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello again! Planning ahead used to be in my vocabulary, but that was before I had children. Now I feel like I fly by the seat of my pants and I only plan one day at a time and that is usually done the night before, as I drift off to sleep. I have noticed […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy about service-oriented architecture

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hello Again! Most of us are fortunate to have missed most of the last major snow and ice storm that slammed the south and moved up the east coast. The old woodchuck certainly got it right this year. My daughter is not happy to have to make up snow days and I think that senioritis […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy about Walter Lincoln Hawkins

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hello Again! The snow is piled high along the roadways and the ends of driveways as we have dug out after yet another of winter’s mixed bag of tricks. I’m sure the folks in California would be very grateful for the snow and rain we have had here over the last two weeks. While it […]

Technology rushes ahead in all aspects of life

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hello again! As we leave January behind we are pleased we have a new farm bill, which has passed the House, and we hope will pass in the Senate, with the next scheduled vote. The 949-page bill will take some time to digest and formulate new rules, and all of us here at FSA look […]

FSA conservation loan program

Thursday, January 30, 2014

This loan program was initially set up as both a direct and a guaranteed loan program. For fiscal year 2014 Congress has only funded the guaranteed conservation loan program.

Beginning farmers can get loans through USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ohio’s Farm Service Agency made 72 direct annual operating loans and 40 term operating loans to beginning farmers. Ohio FSA also made 13 direct annual operating loans, 20 direct term operating loans, and 38 youth loans to socially disadvantaged applicants.

FSA provides loans to youth for 4-H, FFA and beginning farmers

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has a loan program to assist rural youth to establish and operate income producing agriculture projects. In the last five years the New Philadelphia Farm Loan team has made 153 youth loans for a total of $463,980. In fiscal year 2013 we made 28 youth loans for a […]

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