Stories by FSA Andy

Returning to normal operations after furlough

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hello Again! FSA was among several local government agencies closed during the furlough. Some producers have contacted FSA concerned about various issues that should have been completed during the shut-down. At this time only a few details have been provided from the FSA State Office. Since government agencies do not plan for such events, start […]

USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers farm operating loans

Friday, September 27, 2013

Hello Friends, With a Direct or Guaranteed Farm Operating Loan through the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, a qualified farmer can purchase or lease items needed for a successful farm operation, such as livestock, farm equipment, feed, seed, chemicals, or other operating expenses. These loans may also be used to pay for minor improvements to buildings, […]

MILC program still in effect

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hello again, MILC producers need to be aware the MILC program has still been in effect throughout the 2013 fiscal year. Payments have been available in the months of October of 2012, and January, February, March, April, May, June and July of 2013. Rates were $.0236789, $.1179986, $.5222389, $.7545603, $.6988366, $.7423572, $.2187348 and $.0584288. Payments […]

For an “agricultural” fair, head to Wayne County Sept. 7-12

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hello again, Ohio County fairs are winding down, but one still on the horizon is the Wayne County Fair in Wooster (Sept. 7-12). Wayne County is considered to be one of the most agricultural related fairs, with more than 2,200 junior fair livestock entries. They are expecting overflow livestock entry numbers in junior fair sheep, […]

Follow conservation plans carefully

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hello Again,Did you find in your younger years that you would act first then ask questions later? How long did it take you to realize that this was not always the best path to take? Had you asked a few questions first, it may have kept you out of trouble in the end. When dealing […]

USDA/FSA Marketing Assistance Loan could tide you over

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Farmers, if you’re watching the market, and find yourself a little short on cash, the USDA’s FSA Marketing Assistance Loan program could help.

Apply now for farm storage facility loan

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hello Again! The motto for the Boy Scouts is “Be prepared.” Are you prepared for your 2013 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 program will allow producers of eligible commodities […]

Show me the money! FSA offers microloans, youth loans, short-term loans

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hello Friends, Do you think there is something is goofy about the weather? Call it whatever, but we might want to start thinking about it. There were four confirmed tornadoes in Carroll County in July. They have had one in the last 30 years. Last Thursday I had just emptied my rain gauge when it […]

FSA Andy: Continuous CRP helps curb erosion and runoff (plus you get paid for it)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Hello Friends, Every July, I write a topic about conservation practices. I do so because I strongly believe in the value of a couple of practices available under the continuous signup for the Conservation Reserve Program. We have all read about the algae bloom that takes place each year in the western basin of Lake […]

USDA updating FSA systems

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hello again! As you may or may not have noticed, FSA Andy was missing last week. Sorry about that — he was in Newfoundland bear hunting two weeks before and came back to a considerable amount of stockpiled work. It was nice to be off for nine days. Longest I’ve ever been off. I drove […]

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