Stories by FSA Andy

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

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.

FSA Andy: Farmers, be sure to report changes to your operation

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Any payments received from USDA are subject to farmer eligibility as well as limited to a payment limitation provisions.

The nominees are in: FSA members to begin voting for county committee

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Your local Farm Service Agency accepted nominations for the county committee election. Each county office will host an election for local administrative areas. These areas are made up of certain townships within the county.

FSA loan programs assist socially disadvantaged farmers

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Farm Service Agency has loan programs to assist members of socially disadvantaged groups and beginning farmers to finance agricultural enterprises.

Weather hindering wheat planting

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I sat at the softball field this past weekend watching my youngest daughter play. I sat under an umbrella with a blanket and two sweatshirts, while she stood on the field in her uniform with a few layers underneath getting soaked by the rain. The rain just kept rolling in and out for all three […]

If rain has kept you from planting fall crops, FSA can help

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Producers and farmers who were prevented from planting wheat by the final planting date have until Nov. 4 to visit their local FSA county office and report the prevented planting acreage.

Disaster Assistance Programs protect farmers from unforseeble circumstances

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Insurance can be a great form of protection for the unforeseeable. The Farm Service Agency offers the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to producers that plant non-insurable crops and suffer a low yield, a loss of inventory, or prevented planting occurs due to a natural disaster.

FSA Andy: Agency offers safety nets to assist farmers in difficult year

Thursday, September 29, 2011

For the 2011 year, all counties in Ohio have been given an Emergency Disaster Designation which makes the local farmers and livestock producers eligible for several programs and special funding.

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