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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 […]

FSA Andy for March 26, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hello again! The Farm Service Agency wants to remind interested applicants FSA offers loans for farmers to purchase farmland and to finance agricultural operations. FSA loan programs are designed to help producers who are temporarily unable to obtain private or commercial credit. In many cases, applicants are beginning farmers who have insufficient net worth to […]

FSA Andy for March 5

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hello again! The Farm Service Agency makes loans to rural youth to establish and operate income producing agriculture projects in connection with their participation in 4-H or FFA. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization adviser, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business […]

FSA Andy for Feb. 26

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hello Again! This morning brought a big change in the weather as the wind is blowing and the snow is swirling. At least the mud is now frozen again but the realization that winter still holds its grip doesn’t help the spring fever from the recent warm up. But spring is just around the corner […]

FSA Andy for Feb. 19

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hello Again! The snow and ice are gone but the recent wind storm brought down a lot of trees in our neck of the woods. I’ve been meaning to take down an old dead oak tree at the corner of the machine shed for some time now. Mother Nature did it for me. The tree […]

Long-time FSA staff call it quits

Monday, February 9, 2009

Hi again, The weather has started to moderate a little and by the time you are reading this much of the snow and ice of January may be gone. Of course, our friend has seen his shadow so there’s more winter yet to come. Seems to me that we have had more snow and ice […]

FSA Andy for Feb. 5, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hello Again! This winter has reminded me of my childhood when snow came and lasted for weeks on end. My youngest daughter has enjoyed sledding with her friends and I have enjoyed sitting by the fire as much as possible. Farming in this kind of weather brings home the reality it’s not all fun and […]

FSA Andy for Jan. 8, 2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hello Again! I take it all of you reading my message have survived all the food and festivities of the holiday season. I am sure we are making the lifestyle changes we have thought about the past several years. You know what I mean — a little less pastries, cut out the Mountain Dew, try […]

FSA Andy for Dec. 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Hello Again! As we celebrate Christmas, I always reflect back, not only on this year, but on those gone by. I am so thankful for my farmers, friends and family. We have been through a lot over the years. I fondly recall those years when I worked as the ASCS director in Harrison County. It […]

FSA Andy for Dec. 11, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hello Again! I know I am showing my age, not only in my looks, but by my generations of farm experiences. I read about a hog referendum and I think back to those summer days at home scraping down the finishing barn at Dad’s and those winter mornings checking baby pigs under heat lamps. Those […]

FSA Andy for Dec. 4, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hello Again! It is always nice to visit with our families and friends on Thanksgiving, and even better to graze on the food that everyone brings to share. We are thankful for all that we have and the opportunity to serve our farmers in this great country. A portion of our Ohio has a new […]

FSA Andy for Nov. 27, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hello Again! As we begin to shovel our way through the 2009 farm bill, there are additional benefits for beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers and limited resource farmers. A beginning farmer is defined as an individual or entity who has not operated a farm for more than 10 years. In the case of an entity, […]

FSA Andy for Nov. 20, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hello again, friends! Hang onto your hats! Sign-up for the 2009 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program is still under construction. Forms have not been completed for the 2009 crop year and regulations have not been published. An announcement will be made and you will be notified when we are ready to proceed. Something to consider while […]

FSA Andy for Nov. 13, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hello again, friends! The 2008 Farm Bill is bringing changes to our 2009 farm plans just as the changing weather is bringing changes to our final 2008 plans. Disaster assistance While preparing for the 2009 crop year, you might want to consider the issuance of disaster payments. The newly enacted legislation issues a fleet of […]

FSA Andy for Nov. 6, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Hello Again! Soon harvest will be completed and we will be preparing for the next crop year. In addition to cleaning and storing your equipment you should think about your 2009 farm plan. As DCP sign-up is just around the corner, now is the time to report to your local Farm Service Agency any farming […]

FSA Andy for Oct. 30, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hello again, friends! Are you familiar with that phrase “the more things change, the more they stay the same?” Sometimes I think that is never truer than when working with your Farm Service Agency office. Change seems to be our middle name, yet many of the changes we make seem to take us right back […]

FSA Andy for Oct. 23, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hello again, friends! The 2008 farm bill made several changes to Farm Service Agency farm loans. The Down Payment real estate loan program has been expanded and improved. It is now available to beginning farmers and socially disadvantaged persons.

FSA Andy for Oct. 16, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hello again, friends! I don’t know which is crazier or more unpredictable, the stock market or the crop market. Both have taken their lumps over the last month or so. Combine falling prices with yields that may not measure up to the last couple of years and rising crop inputs, and farmers are forced to […]


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