Stories by FSA Andy

Ask FSA Andy: Sometimes USDA wheels turn exceedingly slow

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hello Again.“Hurry up and wait.” I can still remember my dad, a World War II Navy veteran, mumbling that phrase whenever he was dealing with government entities. It seems that has always been a common phrase for all branches of the military. A rush to get something accomplished, and then a lull until you can […]

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Hello Again, and Happy New Year! Happy New Year? Many of you might be looking up to the top of the page right now to make sure you did not lose a few months, but I can assure you the calendar has not moved. It is still October. But here at Farm Service Agency, October […]

New program allows continued rental payments

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hello Again! A producer who is a frequent visitor to our local Farm Service Agency office stopped in the other day. Sometimes I get the impression that he considers himself as much of a philosopher as he does a farmer. And that could be true, because many times our discussion is deep enough that it […]

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has added a new conservation loan program that 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 upfront funding to implement conservation practices. The goal of the FSA conservation […]

Conservation Reserve Program has benefits

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hello again! It seems as though “going green” is all the rage. More and more people are looking for environmentally friendly, sustainable and all natural products. But did you know the Farm Service Agency (FSA) has been “going green” for many years? Millions of acres of the nation’s natural resources have been improved and preserved […]

Loans for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hello again! The Farm Service Agency makes loan funds available each year to help members of underserved groups buy and operate family-sized farms and ranches. FSA’s loan program for socially disadvantaged farmers targets minority groups whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group, […]

FSA Andy gives pointers on the Farm Storage Facility Loan program

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hello again! The wheat harvest was strong, beans pods are filling, corn is beautiful against the September sky and final harvest preparations are on each producer’s mind. This is a good time of year to evaluate the effectiveness of your farm’s storage facility and handling systems and to consider participating in the updated Farm Storage […]

FSA Andy advice on marketing loans

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hello again! The Wayne County Fair starts Sept. 11. It remains the largest Junior Fair in Ohio, with over 350 dairy projects, 350 swine projects, 150 lamb projects and 125 steer projects, along with numerous horse, goat, rabbit and poultry projects. This fair is also the least expensive to attend, with gate admission only $2 […]

FSA Andy deadline reminders

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hello again! It is time once again for the big yellow school bus to start rolling down the road. Parents everywhere will be reminding their children to “Hurry up and eat your breakfast. You better not miss that bus. Don’t forget your lunch or lunch money.” Sound familiar? As a mother, I feel like I […]

Conservation Reserve Program deadline of Aug. 27 is sneaking up

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hello again! Decision, decisions, decisions. Something we must make every moment of every day. Right now I am trying to decide how to write an informative but not too lengthy article on the many options available when it comes to enrolling land in the Conservation Reserve Program. It is a good thing this computer comes […]

Deadlines for ACRE and SURE are approaching

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hello Again! The next 30 days around our house are going to be rather stressful. Well, for mom at least. First, my baby will be entering her senior year of high school. Ever since kindergarten, she has faithfully gotten up every morning to see me off to work at 6 a.m. Only one more year […]

Sign-ups for Conservation Reserve Program underway

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thanks to this gorgeous summer weather, I have been able to take an enjoyable walk at least three nights a week. When one takes a leisurely stroll, you cannot help but take pleasure in the sights and smells around you. The black eyed Susan’s (one of my favorite flowers) are in full bloom. The smell […]

FSA will be conducting compliance spot-checks

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hello again! The “dog days” of summer have arrived. The weather has definitely been on the extremely hot side , but I guess we can take solace in the fact that at least there isn’t 2 foot of snow on the ground and below freezing. That will come soon enough. We have been fortunate to […]

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hello Again! Last week I alluded to having the formula for skunk stink. Specifically, the solution to remove the smell not create it — fool with skunks and they can create it for you. I have a Lab that seems to think that everything that comes around either wants to play with or be killed […]

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hello Again! Once again, it’s my turn to write FSA Andy this month. Everybody always shoves July on me because nothing major is going on and nobody else can think of anything to write, so they pass it on to the crazy man. I’d like to do some magic or card tricks, but you reading […]

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hello Again! Today I want to give you several reminders about some FSA program deadlines. We have a lot of activities going on at the FSA office these days, so I wanted to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. I want to let you know about filing prevented planting and getting all your […]

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hello Again! Many farmers count on the Farm Service Agency (FSA) for program guidance and assistance. Now, they have a chance to help us out! FSA is currently seeking election candidates to serve on our local County Committees (COC). Serving on the COC is an excellent way to represent and protect the needs of your […]

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hello Again! Everyone loves the color green, especially when it comes to money! If you are participating in any of the Farm Service Agency’s programs and love the green assistance we provide, make sure to complete the following: FSA producers are required to certify compliance with Adjusted Gross Income provisions to participate in our programs. […]

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hello Again! I can’t believe that it is already the middle of May. Before we know it, it will be Memorial Day weekend, kids will be getting out of school, and spare time will be spent at numerous graduation barbecues. Ready or not, summer is right around the corner, and so are some important Farm […]

FSA Andy says May is deadline to apply for MALs and LDPs

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hello Again, Is it spring or summer? The beautiful, warm and relatively dry weather lately has really confused me! It is only the beginning of May and some days it already feels like summertime. I’m not going to complain about it and I don’t think the farmers will either. While the weather is cooperating and […]

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