Stories by FSA Andy

Ask FSA Andy about the final plant dates for crops this year

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hello Again! April showers bring May flowers! And here we go again! Now that spring planting has slowly begun, many farmers are busy trying to get all of their crops planted by the final crop planting dates established by the Risk Management Agency. If, by chance, Mother Nature does not cooperate, the Farm Service Agency […]

FSA Andy: CRP still working to protect environmentally sensitive farmland

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hello Again! On April 22, people all over the country reached out to celebrate Earth Day and thanked their local farmers, the original conservationists and stewards of the Earth. America’s farmers play an important role in keeping the earth clean through the Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program. CRP conserves soil, improves water and air […]

FSA Andy: FSA Seeking Crop Adjusters

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hello Again! Do you like to travel and work outdoors at your own pace? Then this just may be the perfect job for you! The USDA Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking qualified individuals with knowledge of field crops and specialty crops interested in becoming Independent Crop Loss Adjustment Contractors for FSA. FSA administers […]

Ask FSA Andy about the direct and counter-cyclical payment program

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hello Again! Once again the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program are being offered for the 2013 crop year under the 2008 farm bill extension. New contracts are required annually for each of these programs and all signatures must be obtained by the deadline. Enrollment for the […]

FSA Andy: The USDA’s youth loan program can lend a hand (and some bucks)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Think you can’t get a farm loan at age 16? Think again. USDA’s Farm Service Agency can help.

Loan programs for socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Farm Service Agency has loan programs to assist members of socially disadvantaged groups and beginning farmers to finance agricultural enterprises. Under these designated farm loan programs, FSA can provide financing to eligible applicants through either direct or guaranteed loans. While all qualified producers are eligible to apply for these loan programs, FSA has targeted […]

FSA Andy- Jefferson County history

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hello Again! The village of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, in southern Jefferson County, is on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark District of the Underground Railroad. It was a primary stop on the Underground Railroad. The first abolitionist newspaper in the U.S., the Philanthropist, was published there. It was […]

Insurance for crops following a cover crop

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  – Producers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio who want to insure corn, sweet corn, popcorn, hybrid seed corn, processing pumpkins, soybeans, processing beans or grain sorghum following a cover crop must: • Stop haying or grazing the cover crop by May 10; and • Terminate all cover crop growth at least seven […]

‘Getting Word’ project preserves history

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hello again! After a few short days of respite from the winter cold, the snow is once again claiming the landscape as its own. The hint of spring brought with it the urge to look at seed catalogs and the thoughts and smell of newly turned soil. Most of our readers know the sweet smell […]

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Hello Again! As I came out to kitchen this first day of February, my wife said she was a little behind as Daisy May needed her nap. I just laughed when I saw the orphaned lamb asleep on her lap after having her morning bottle. Now the economic value of bottle feeding a lamb really […]

1.24 FSA Andy

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hi Again, Well here we are almost to the end of January already. We’ve had some snow, freezing temperatures, rain and even a few 50 degree days. Amazing how fast things can change in our day-to-day lives. People like to make New Year’s resolutions and by now they are either seeing a change in their […]

FSA’s annual notice of programs and policies

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hello again! Each year, the Farm Service Agency is required to issue public notice on a variety of programs, policies, and opportunities available at the county office. Questions can be directed to your local Farm Service Agency office. Commodity loans Commodity loans, also referred to as marketing assistance loans, are available to producers who share […]

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Hello again! I hope you read this article weekly … because I requested a few snow flurries. It appears I was granted my wish. This article is always the hardest one for me to write — the last of 2012. I am a person who reflects on not only this year, but on years gone […]

FSA Andy: loans

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hello again! Well, the combine is in the back shed and it’s time to work on the farm finances. I know we all love to pay the bills and make our projections for the upcoming year. If you are considering purchasing some land or can advise a young farmer on their finances, the following may […]

FSA Andy: USDA offering loans for farm storage facilities

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hello Again! As most of you are pressure washing the combine to put her to bed for the winter and re-evaluating the harvest season, I would like to encourage you to take a look at your grain storage situation on the farm. Are you considering adding a new bin or putting in a new dryer? […]

Ask FSA Andy about tax changes and payments

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hello Again! There are some changes that are happening that we need to talk about today. The first change has already taken place. It has to do with the IRS forms 1099-G and 1099- Misc for Calendar year 2012. In past years, IRS Forms 1099-G were issued to show all program payments received from the […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy– disaster area designation and loans available

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hello Again!On Sept. 5, 2012, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated all 88 counties in Ohio as natural disaster areas due to drought and excessive heat that occurred from Feb. 1, 2012 and continued. The designation also included five counties in Pennsylvania and eight counties in West Virginia as contiguous disaster areas. Application deadline This […]

Vote in the FSA county committee election

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hello again! The national election is over and you probably thought all the advertisements and articles about elections were over. Well, there is still one more important election to be held — the FSA county committee election. FSA county committees play a vital and relevant role in delivering important farm programs. Your participation in the […]

Ask FSA Andy about the Hispanic and woman farmer and rancher claim process

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hello Again!This week we are going to talk about something that we need to get the word out on — the Hispanic and Women Farmer and Rancher Claims Process. Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades can file claims until March 25, 2013 to receive a cash […]

Nov. 20 deadline for disaster assistance program

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hello again! As I sit and go through my notes of column topics, my focus is becoming narrower. The lack of a new farm bill, or at least an extension of the old farm bill, has limited the availability of some FSA programs. One example is the Conservation Reserve Program. While existing contracts are being […]

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