Stories by FSA Andy

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

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Farmers, if you plan to plant a different crop on your current cropland, check with NRCS to assure the new crop will qualify under your conservation system.

FSA Andy: Eating that milk chocolate Easter bunny and thinking about MILC

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the Milk Income Loss Contract will kick in for February, the first time there has been a payment for MILC since April 2010.

FSA Andy: Don’t miss deadlines for CRP or DCP

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Farmers, in the hustle of the spring season, don’t forget a few upcoming USDA Farm Service Agency programs and dates.

Ask FSA Andy: Youth farm loans available

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency has a loan program to assist rural youth to establish and operate income producing agriculture projects. The youth loan program is connected to participation in 4-H or FFA. The project must be planned and operated with the assistance of their advisor and parents. The project must produce sufficient income […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy: Guaranteed loans

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency has a guaranteed loan program available to assist farmers and agricultural lenders. Guaranteed loans are made by a commercial lender, Farm Credit or a bank. The Farm Service Agency provides the guarantee to the lender, not the borrower. The lender makes and services the loan. Guaranteed loans are the […]

FSA Andy: You can get guaranteed loan for conservation projects

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The conservation loan funds will be used to implement practices that reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, or promote sustainable agricultural practices.

Number of farmers determines state loan funding

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Each fiscal year Congress allocates the Farm Service Agency loan funds as part of the USDA budget. Congress makes allocations for each loan program: direct operating, direct farm ownership, emergency disaster, guaranteed operating and guaranteed farm ownership. The FSA national office then allocates loan funds to each state based on a formula used to determine […]

Ask FSA Andy: Get ready for spring

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hello Again! It seems as though spring has come early, as I watch the snow drops bloom and see the daffodils shooting skyward. This has been an unusual winter and I’m pretty sure that we can count on more snow and cold before it’s all said and done. March has a way of catching us […]

FSA Andy: Tap into the services USDA offers by getting on register

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The USDA is trying to beef up the ways it reaches underserved farmers who are not currently enrolled in USDA loan, farm or conservation programs.

Food chemist Lloyd Hall changed the industry

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hello again! The other day my wife asked me to retrieve some canned goods from the basement cupboard and I was reminded of the many trips I made to the fruit cellar as a child. There were rows and rows of quart jars filled with vegetables and fruits and meats. It was a beautiful sight […]

Cataract surgeries help people see nature’s beauty

Thursday, February 9, 2012

There was a time not too long ago that folks with cataracts had little hope of regaining their full vision and enjoying nature’s wonders. Most of us take the privilege of sight for granted and I know many of our readers have had cataract surgery and know firsthand what a blessing it is.

FSA Andy: Make sure your forms are up to date (and don’t plant marijuana)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Make sure your power of attorney form on file with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency is the right one.

FSA Andy: No one likes paperwork, but don’t miss key farm program deadlines

Thursday, January 26, 2012

If you’ve bought or sold land, or added or dropped rented ground, be sure to let your USDA Farm Service Agency office know.

FSA Andy: Changes to come

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Budget reductions are changing the face of the FSA offices across the state, like everyone we are doing more with less. Less staffing, limited supplies, and even proposals of fewer offices.

FSA program assists with farm real estate transfers

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Farm Service Agency has a new Land Contract Guarantee loan program to assist with the transfers of farm real estate. This has been a pilot program in six states for the past three years.

FSA accepting applications for rural youth loan program

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Farm Service Agency has a loan program to assist rural youth to establish and operate income producing agriculture projects. The youth loan program is connected to participation in 4-H or FFA.

SURE helps farmers who’ve suffered crop losses

Thursday, December 22, 2011

As the year winds down I would like to remind you that the Farm Service Agency offices have a The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program yields and rates for 2010 crops. SURE is available for crop losses due to natural disasters.

FSA connects farmers through its Transition Incentives Program

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Farm Service Agency has come up with a service called TIP Net. This is a tool to connect retired or retiring land owners or operators with beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers who are interested in the Transition Incentives program (TIP).

FSA Andy: It’s time to ready the farm for winter

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Winterizing farm equipment can reduce start-up time in the spring, extend the life of equipment and allow for higher re-sale value.

FSA Andy: Holidays spur reminders

Thursday, December 1, 2011

We all have rituals and traditions that put us in the mood to get things done before, well, fill in the blank. Here at the Farm Service Agency, we have some annual clean-up and reminders that need to be done with the coming of the New Year.

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