Stories by FSA Andy

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 […]

FSA Andy: Farm Service Agency

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hello friends, It’s an important time of year for the Farm Service Agency. Ballots for this year’s county committee election were mailed to eligible voters Nov. 5. Voters must complete their ballots and return them to the Farm Service Agency county office by the close of business on Dec. 6. If mailed, ballots must be […]

FSA Andy: Guaranteed loans assist farmers and ag lenders

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hello again! 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. The […]

NAP coverage deadline is fast approaching

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hello Again! Just a little reminder since the deadline is almost upon us — if you are interested in purchasing or continuing NAP coverage on your forage for hay and/or pasture for 2011, the last day to apply or send in your fees is Nov. 20. If you have had the coverage previously and are […]

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 […]

Ask Andy by FSA Andy

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 […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy

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