Stories by FSA Andy

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy– Delay in prevented planting

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hello Again! We at FSA sincerely hope most of you have been able to get back into the fields and make some progress in planting your corn, soybeans, or vegetables and in harvesting your first cutting of hay. Due to all the Ohio spring rainfall, an extension of time has been approved by the Deputy […]

FSA built to support farmers and continues to do so

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hello Again! Do you remember the Great Depression with its Black Tuesday in 1929? Or did you experience the dust bowl and see the cloud of soil coming at you on Black Sunday in 1935? The 1930s were difficult times for American farmers. In fact, President Roosevelt was alarmed at the loss of family-sized, family-owned […]

Transitioning farm to next generation? Consider your USDA participation

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hello Friends: Few things make a farmer happier at retirement than handing his/her farm to someone who also loves working the land. In last week’s Farm and Dairy, Chris Zoller discussed legal steps to follow during farm transition to the next generation. Considering how farm transition affects participation in FSA programs is equally important to […]

Ask Andy: Crop status important for disaster programs

Thursday, May 5, 2011

FSA would like to remind producers to report prevented, planted or failed crop acreage in a timely manner.

Don’t forget commodity program deadlines

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hello Again! With all the cold, windy, and wet weather we have felt lately it’s hard to believe that April is almost over! Hopefully very soon we will be able to get into the fields to start spring planting! With spring encouraging warmer weather, the folks at FSA have a few reminders and 3 very […]

Claims process in place for alleged discrimination at USDA

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hello again! As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations that discrimination occurred at USDA in past decades, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the establishment of a process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert they were discriminated against when seeking USDA farm loans. Claims process […]

Conservation Reserve Program deadline approaches

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hello again! Easy money, restoring the environment, being good stewards of what we are graced with and leaving a sound future for our children; these are all good reasons to participate in the Conservation Reserve Program. The Conservation Reserve Program is offering a general sign-up that ends April 15. During the sign-up period, farmers and […]

FSA loans assist farmers in financial distress

Thursday, March 31, 2011

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

Loans available for socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hello friends, The Farm Service Agency has loan programs to assist beginning farmers and/or members of socially disadvantaged groups 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 […]

Youth loan program assists aspiring farmers

Thursday, March 17, 2011

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

New conservation loan program offered

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has added a new Conservation Loan program. The Conservation loan program provides farmers with the credit necessary to implement conservation measures on their land. This loan program is in partnership with the Natural Resources and Conservation Service to provide up front funding to implement conservation practices. The goal […]

Grassland Reserve Program deadlines approach

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hello again! Yet another February is near its end and the brief interlude of record high temperatures this past week remind us that spring is coming very soon. Seed catalogs are arriving weekly, another sure sign of spring as we think about the possibilities for this year’s garden. It is hard for me to imagine […]

ASK FSA Andy: Farmers may be eligible for livestock loss assistance

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hello Again! We awoke this morning to another 2 to 3 inches of new snow and very low temperatures. The two-hour school delay turned into yet another snow day and sleeping in, at least for our children. After a day off from school, the flu bug came to visit our household for the second time […]

Annual public notice of FSA programs

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hello Again! Each year, the Farm Service Agency is required by regulation to issue public notice on a variety of programs, policies and opportunities available at the county office. Call your local Farm Service Agency office with any questions. Report of payments to producers The Commodity Credit Corporation is required to file an informational return […]

Referendum on Sorghum Checkoff Program slated

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hello Again! Here’s some news for the sorghum people in your life. The U.S.D.A. has finalized procedures for the upcoming referendum on the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum. For the program to continue, the Sorghum Promotion, Research and Information Order requires that a referendum […]

Producers should apply for LDPs for wool, mohair

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hello again, Did you see those two crazy women at the mall pulling the door handles off of that salt-covered gray Blazer? Did you see the older one running around all sides punching the keyless entry? How about the one looking down under for the hidden key and the other one pulling on the tailgate […]

Year end is a good time to resolve to apply for FSA programs

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hello again, All the shopping, Christmas programs and gatherings have drawn to a close. It is the evening of Christmas Day that I love the most. The tree is shining bright, we were reminded of Jesus’ birth and have enjoyed the time with our family and friends. As you well know, we at FSA consider […]

Conservation loan gives farmers credit for conserving resources

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hello Again! As I pulled out of the lane today I was in awe of the beautiful ice-covered trees and fresh white covering of snow on the fields and fence post. It made me recall the days at home when we kids would hope for those snow days to grab a cookie sheet and head […]

Mark your calendars for Annie’s Project workshops

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hello Again! Well, what a week of hunting stories. It has been so much fun listening to them. The best one happened on our farm. It was a Sunday, right after dinner. My daughter’s FFA friends called and wanted a place to hunt. I sent them up into our woods, were my son had hunted […]

Wrap up paperwork during winter months

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hello! It’s hard to believe that 2010 is coming to an end. My parents always said that time would go faster as I grew older, but I never thought it would feel like the hands on the clock were spinning fast enough to feel like a fan. Things to do During the next couple months […]

eNewsletter

Get our Top Stories in Your Inbox

About FSA

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