Stories by FSA Andy

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 […]

Conservation Reserve Program deadline of Aug. 27 is sneaking up

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hello again! Decision, decisions, decisions. Something we must make every moment of every day. Right now I am trying to decide how to write an informative but not too lengthy article on the many options available when it comes to enrolling land in the Conservation Reserve Program. It is a good thing this computer comes […]

Deadlines for ACRE and SURE are approaching

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hello Again! The next 30 days around our house are going to be rather stressful. Well, for mom at least. First, my baby will be entering her senior year of high school. Ever since kindergarten, she has faithfully gotten up every morning to see me off to work at 6 a.m. Only one more year […]

Sign-ups for Conservation Reserve Program underway

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thanks to this gorgeous summer weather, I have been able to take an enjoyable walk at least three nights a week. When one takes a leisurely stroll, you cannot help but take pleasure in the sights and smells around you. The black eyed Susan’s (one of my favorite flowers) are in full bloom. The smell […]

FSA will be conducting compliance spot-checks

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hello again! The “dog days” of summer have arrived. The weather has definitely been on the extremely hot side , but I guess we can take solace in the fact that at least there isn’t 2 foot of snow on the ground and below freezing. That will come soon enough. We have been fortunate to […]

FSA Andy By FSA Andy

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hello Again! Last week I alluded to having the formula for skunk stink. Specifically, the solution to remove the smell not create it — fool with skunks and they can create it for you. I have a Lab that seems to think that everything that comes around either wants to play with or be killed […]

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