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FSA Andy for Aug. 27, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hello again, The motto for the Boy Scouts is ‘Be Prepared.’ Are you prepared for your 2009 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 but were waiting on the ‘new’ changes? Well, guess what? The changes […]

FSA Andy for Aug. 20, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hello again! Recently, dairy and livestock producers have been struggling financially with low milk and livestock prices. It does not appear that this situation is going to improve in the short term. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is undertaking an effort to use the department’s administrative flexibility to provide relief to producers […]

FSA Andy for Aug. 13, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hello again! In June, while lounging by the pool one sunny Saturday afternoon, a friend of mine, who we will call Susie, was discussing putting in a garden. Susie started asking if it was too late to plant a garden. I then inquired as to what she intended to plant. Susie started with potatoes, onions, […]

Taking the job seriously

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hello Again! After you read this week’s FSA Andy, you will realize that the author of this weekly column changes with the passing of every month. To compare myself to the writer of last month, you are talking about two completely different individuals. To begin with, I am a female Andy and last month it […]

FSA Andy for July 30, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hello, Friends: I knew they would finally catch up with me. I received that dreaded pink slip, however it wasn’t signed so I guess I can write at least one more article before they catch up with me. This past week, our town put on their first-ever Critter Cook-off. One local resident provided his opinion […]

FSA Andy for July 23, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hello Again! This week I’m going to reissue/revise a previous article I wrote. Amazingly enough, the same issues I wrote about two years ago are still points of contention at FSA offices. Most county offices have gone to appointments to better assist producers. Please try to keep your appointment if at all possible. Please reschedule […]

No offense: Just bringing awareness

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Hi again, Apparently I didn’t offend anyone with last week’s article as I didn’t receive a pink slip. Yet! However, I am not delusional enough to believe that mentioning the disposition of varmints isn’t offensive to some people. Awareness is important. I received an e-mail the other day showing an ad taken out in a […]

FSA Andy for July 9, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hello Again! Well, I got away with an opinion last week so I think I’ll start off with another opinion of mine about something I have trouble understanding. Is this the year of the groundhog or what? I have never seen as many nor had so many farmers complain about them and from different counties. […]

FSA Andy for July 2, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Hello Again! Here I sit, it’s Friday afternoon and I’m trying to figure out what to write for this article. FSA stuff can be a little boring and, of course, we are never allowed to provide an opinion because the agency is concerned that someone would come back and sue them for following some opinions. […]

FSA Andy for June 25, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hello Again! Don’t be left out in the rain! The Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) can soften financial losses caused by natural disasters, but only if you insured your crop. If you are a policy holder of a NAP crop, you need to take certain steps to ensure you maximize your benefits under this […]

FSA Andy for June 18, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hello again! If you are a taxpayer, you might want to read this article. In June 2000, Congress passed the Agricultural Risk Protection Act. This act requires that Risk Management Agency, with the assistance of the Farm Service Agency, improve program compliance and integrity of the federal crop insurance program. By providing a checks-and-balance system, […]

FSA Andy for June 11, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hello Again! Your local Farm Service Agency needs your help! We are seeking nominees to serve as a candidate for the county committee and you may be the right person for the job! Each county office will hold an election in the Local Administrative Area in which the current committee member’s three-year term is set […]

FSA Andy for June 4, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hello Again! Planting season is in full swing and many of you are now finishing up those last few acres. Sun-drenched days will soon find us out and about everywhere, whether it’s finishing planting, doing yard work, fishing, biking or golfing. It won’t be long before the fields come to life with emerging crops. Spring […]

FSA Andy for May 21, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hello Again! And a warm welcome to the beautiful springtime weather! With spring planting around the corner, the Farm Service Agency encourages producers to report any prevented planting acreage or failed crop acreage that will not be brought to harvest to their local FSA office. Failed acreage must be reported to FSA before destroying and […]

FSA Andy for May 14, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hello Again! “Rain, rain go away come back another day,” even at the ripe old age of (… well let’s not go there) I find myself singing the children’s song as we see yet more rain in the upcoming forecast. “Grain planting this spring is turning into a tale of two Corn Belts — with […]

FSA Andy for May 7, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hello Again! Planting season has begun and farmers are trying to get crops in the ground between all the rains we have been getting lately. Even though we are rushing around to make sure crops are getting planted on the farm and trying to get signed up for DCP and/or ACRE in the office, I […]

Dairymen receiving Milk Income Loss Contract payments for February

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hello Again! As a result of low dairy prices, Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) payments are being distributed to ensure that dairy producers have the financial assistance they need. Beginning April 1, producers participating in USDA’s MILC program will begin to receive payments for the month of February. USDA makes MILC payments on a monthly […]

FSA Andy for April 16, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency reminds participants in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) of the following operations and maintenance rules applicable to any land you may have enrolled. Cosmetic or periodic mowing of CRP acreage is prohibited. Mowing to maintain your NRCS plan can be performed on CRP fields after July 15. CRP land […]

FSA Andy for April 9, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hello Again! Recently, producers received some good news concerning enrolling their farms in the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced USDA has extended the sign-up deadline from June 1 to Aug. 14 for both DCP and the forthcoming ACRE Program. This action […]

FSA Andy for April 2, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hello Again! The recently approved American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) authorized an additional waiver which allows producers another opportunity to pay a buy-in fee for 2008 eligibility to be eligible for 2008 disaster assistance. The buy-in fee must be paid by May 18. Paying such a buy-in fee does not provide the […]

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