Stories by FSA Andy

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

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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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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hello again! Transitions are a part of life. Sometimes it is a long transition, such as if you have a child going to college. College bound kids are just starting their journey to adult hood and independence. They may be out of the house, but their stuff is still in their room, they still are […]

FSA Andy: Marketing Assistance Loans give farmers options for upfront crop income

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Marketing Assistance Loans use your stored crop as collateral to issue a low interest loan for up to nine months.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hello again! County fairs are winding down and an early harvest has begun. Some farmers may actually be done with harvest by Halloween this year instead of Thanksgiving, and get to enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving meal with family and friends! The Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) would like to remind dairy producers that currently no […]

In a disaster-designated area? Apply for emergency loss loan

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hello again! Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack designated 83 counties in Ohio as primary agricultural natural disaster areas and five counties in Ohio as contiguous counties Sept. 5. In addition five counties in Pennsylvania and eight counties in West Virginia were designated as contiguous counties. The disaster designation is based on damages due to drought […]

The needs are the same across the state- FSA Andy

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hello again! The past few months I have had the opportunity to “go back” and assist the producers in Carroll County with their FSA paperwork, a couple of days a week. I have been out of the Carroll County office for more than 16 years but it was great to catch up with producers and […]

FSA Andy: Summer will soon be a memory

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hello again! June! July! August! The calendar has ‘flipped’ by quickly, with the passing of summer all but a memory. A short time still remains for you to make a memory and do something exciting. We still have several county fairs coming up to provide you with the chance to check out local agriculture and […]

What is a disaster?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hello Again! What would you classify as a ‘disaster’? I guess the answer to this would depend on who you asked and the timing of the question. It can cover anything from my house that needs cleaned, my desk that needs organized, to the recent weather-related disasters experienced throughout the United States. Disasters touch the […]

Ask FSA Andy: Farm storage facility loans

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hello Again! The motto for the Boy Scouts is Be Prepared . Are you prepared for your 2012 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 (FSFL) program will allow producers of […]

CRP land could provide some much-needed hay relief

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hello Again, Gorgeous sunshine and high temperatures are not what local farmers are hoping for. They are nice if you are at the beach but producers are hoping and praying for some rain to try and save the crops that are suffering from the drought of 2012. To help provide some relief for livestock producers, […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy– about conservation programs

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hello Again! Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture began sign up for the Highly Erodible Land Initiative under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) July 23. The purpose of this initiative is to protect up to 750,000 acres of the nation’s most highly erodible croplands. Producers may enroll at their […]

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