Stories by FSA Andy

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy about farm storage facilty loans

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hello Again! The Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program allows producers of eligible commodities to obtain low-interest financing to build or upgrade farm storage and handling facilities. The new maximum principal amount of a loan through FSFL is $500,000. Participants are now required to provide a down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a […]

Remember to vote in your local FSA elections

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hello Again,FSA county committees play a vital and relevant role in delivering important farm programs. Your participation in the election process will result in a robust county committee system for all producers. The election of agricultural producers to Farm Service Agency county committees is important to all farmers and ranchers, whether beginning or long-established with […]

Marketing assistance loans provide low-cost option

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hello friends, With harvest hopefully winding down for most of us, it is time begin putting the final plans into motion for actions over the winter months.Whether it is marketing grain, feeding livestock, milking cows or buying fertilizer and seed for next year, it is always good to have a plan. If your household is […]

Timely reminders from Farm Service Agency

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hello friends, It is good to be back! First off, I would like to apologize for our recent absence from this spot in the Farm and Dairy and also for not being in the office providing assistance. I have talked with many of my colleagues since the government shutdown has ended, and the overwhelming opinion […]

Returning to normal operations after furlough

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hello Again! FSA was among several local government agencies closed during the furlough. Some producers have contacted FSA concerned about various issues that should have been completed during the shut-down. At this time only a few details have been provided from the FSA State Office. Since government agencies do not plan for such events, start […]

USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers farm operating loans

Friday, September 27, 2013

Hello Friends, With a Direct or Guaranteed Farm Operating Loan through the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, a qualified farmer can purchase or lease items needed for a successful farm operation, such as livestock, farm equipment, feed, seed, chemicals, or other operating expenses. These loans may also be used to pay for minor improvements to buildings, […]

MILC program still in effect

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hello again, MILC producers need to be aware the MILC program has still been in effect throughout the 2013 fiscal year. Payments have been available in the months of October of 2012, and January, February, March, April, May, June and July of 2013. Rates were $.0236789, $.1179986, $.5222389, $.7545603, $.6988366, $.7423572, $.2187348 and $.0584288. Payments […]

For an “agricultural” fair, head to Wayne County Sept. 7-12

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hello again, Ohio County fairs are winding down, but one still on the horizon is the Wayne County Fair in Wooster (Sept. 7-12). Wayne County is considered to be one of the most agricultural related fairs, with more than 2,200 junior fair livestock entries. They are expecting overflow livestock entry numbers in junior fair sheep, […]

Follow conservation plans carefully

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hello Again,Did you find in your younger years that you would act first then ask questions later? How long did it take you to realize that this was not always the best path to take? Had you asked a few questions first, it may have kept you out of trouble in the end. When dealing […]

USDA/FSA Marketing Assistance Loan could tide you over

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Farmers, if you’re watching the market, and find yourself a little short on cash, the USDA’s FSA Marketing Assistance Loan program could help.

Apply now for farm storage facility loan

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hello Again! The motto for the Boy Scouts is “Be prepared.” Are you prepared for your 2013 harvest? Will your corn be singing, “Oh give me a home”? Have you considered applying for a Farm Storage Facility Loan through your local FSA office? The Farm Storage Facility Loan program will allow producers of eligible commodities […]

Show me the money! FSA offers microloans, youth loans, short-term loans

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hello Friends, Do you think there is something is goofy about the weather? Call it whatever, but we might want to start thinking about it. There were four confirmed tornadoes in Carroll County in July. They have had one in the last 30 years. Last Thursday I had just emptied my rain gauge when it […]

FSA Andy: Continuous CRP helps curb erosion and runoff (plus you get paid for it)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Hello Friends, Every July, I write a topic about conservation practices. I do so because I strongly believe in the value of a couple of practices available under the continuous signup for the Conservation Reserve Program. We have all read about the algae bloom that takes place each year in the western basin of Lake […]

USDA updating FSA systems

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hello again! As you may or may not have noticed, FSA Andy was missing last week. Sorry about that — he was in Newfoundland bear hunting two weeks before and came back to a considerable amount of stockpiled work. It was nice to be off for nine days. Longest I’ve ever been off. I drove […]

Don’t miss these acreage reporting deadlines

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Failed acreage must be reported to FSA before destroying and replanting to allow time for a field check.

Sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hello Friends, This year’s general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is quickly coming to an end tomorrow, June 14. If you are interested in checking out this program, call your local FSA office today! CRP protects the nation’s natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities […]

Cold, warm and cold again — know your crop insurance options

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hello All! It’s the time of year for strange weather events, and the past several weeks have been true to form. With the warm, cold, hot, then cold and frost the crops, trees, vegetables, fruits and flowers don’t know what is up! If you have noticed damages to your corn or soybeans due to the […]

Cautiously optimistic about planting season

Thursday, May 30, 2013

In Ohio, the final planting date for corn is June 5 and for soybeans it is June 20.

Ask FSA Andy about heroes in the community

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hello Again! As you read this, Memorial Day is right around the corner, welcoming THE “official start of the summer season.” Maybe you will celebrate the day with a cook-out and a visit to the cemetery. Maybe you will attend a parade or maybe you will spend it in the seat of a tractor trying […]

As you’re planting, remember FSA deadlines

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hello Again! Is your corn in the ground? Is your wheat ready for the bin? Are you prepping for beans yet? Are you just a bit busy right now? With all this sunshine and the days getting longer you’re still not done? You know there’s hay to mow, hogs to slop, eggs to gather, a […]

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