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Understanding the new farm bill will take patience

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello again, I sure have seen a lot of information about the new farm bill in the newspaper. There is some good information out there with most of it being put out by our agency. Like everyone else, I read the information and store it away until a sign-up period becomes a reality.  I compare […]

Dates to remember, as you await better weather

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello again! The weather, the weather, the weather! Lately it sounds like a curse word. I realize it is only March, and yes, I know spring will come eventually. It just feels like it has been a very long winter. For me, it isn’t about getting into a field to get it planted.  In my […]

That ol’ ‘I know what I know’ logic

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Little wonder why Congress got the Farm Bill math wrong: it knows what it knows and everyone else can just shut up.

Ask FSA Andy about FSA history

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello Again! I guess I have been a little nostalgic lately, since I just celebrated my 25th year with the Farm Service Agency. With this milestone, I also noted that this will be my fifth farm bill I will get to be part of implementing, by explaining it to our local farmers. It amazes me […]

As federal policies change, make sure you’re still eligible

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello again! Planning ahead used to be in my vocabulary, but that was before I had children. Now I feel like I fly by the seat of my pants and I only plan one day at a time and that is usually done the night before, as I drift off to sleep. I have noticed […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy about service-oriented architecture

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hello Again! Most of us are fortunate to have missed most of the last major snow and ice storm that slammed the south and moved up the east coast. The old woodchuck certainly got it right this year. My daughter is not happy to have to make up snow days and I think that senioritis […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy about Walter Lincoln Hawkins

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hello Again! The snow is piled high along the roadways and the ends of driveways as we have dug out after yet another of winter’s mixed bag of tricks. I’m sure the folks in California would be very grateful for the snow and rain we have had here over the last two weeks. While it […]

Technology rushes ahead in all aspects of life

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hello again! As we leave January behind we are pleased we have a new farm bill, which has passed the House, and we hope will pass in the Senate, with the next scheduled vote. The 949-page bill will take some time to digest and formulate new rules, and all of us here at FSA look […]

FSA conservation loan program

Thursday, January 30, 2014

This loan program was initially set up as both a direct and a guaranteed loan program. For fiscal year 2014 Congress has only funded the guaranteed conservation loan program.

Beginning farmers can get loans through USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ohio’s Farm Service Agency made 72 direct annual operating loans and 40 term operating loans to beginning farmers. Ohio FSA also made 13 direct annual operating loans, 20 direct term operating loans, and 38 youth loans to socially disadvantaged applicants.

FSA provides loans to youth for 4-H, FFA and beginning farmers

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has a loan program to assist rural youth to establish and operate income producing agriculture projects. In the last five years the New Philadelphia Farm Loan team has made 153 youth loans for a total of $463,980. In fiscal year 2013 we made 28 youth loans for a […]

FSA loan options require certain criteria

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hello Again! Each year Congress appropriates funds for FSA farm loans as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture budget. The funds are appropriated for the fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 until Sept. 30 the following year. The amount of money approved by Congress does not always meet the demand for loan funds. […]

USDA FSA plans to go paperless

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Hello Again! Presents are opened, exhausting family gatherings are done and yummy Christmas leftovers (cookies, ham, and homemade goodies) are in the kitchen waiting for you. As you sit there relishing that Christmas is finally over and you are playing with (or learning about) your new electronic toys (iPhone, iPad, or Kindle) and planning your […]

New county committee election ballots mailed

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hello again: The holidays are upon us in full swing. Christmas lights twinkling, snow on the trees, presents purchased and wrapped, and Christmas cards mailed out. As you watch the mail for last minute packages and cards from loved ones, take notice of the new county committee ballots that will be in that stack. Misprint […]

Now is a good time to finish paperwork

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hello again: If you are awaiting my deer hunting story, I will not deprive you. I was on my very first deer hunting expedition on opening day of gun season. Now if you wonder how a 50-year-old woman gets roped into this, I will share. My husband got drafted into working Monday, so my 10-year-old […]

Good time to update farm operations for 2014 crop year

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hello again, I am sure most of you are reading this as your fingers are thawing and you are drinking your second cup of hot chocolate between deer hunting drives. As the wife and mother of a deer hunter, I feel very mixed over this week of hunting season. I am proud of my men; […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy about farm storage facilty loans

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hello Again! The Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program allows producers of eligible commodities to obtain low-interest financing to build or upgrade farm storage and handling facilities. The new maximum principal amount of a loan through FSFL is $500,000. Participants are now required to provide a down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a […]

Remember to vote in your local FSA elections

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hello Again,FSA county committees play a vital and relevant role in delivering important farm programs. Your participation in the election process will result in a robust county committee system for all producers. The election of agricultural producers to Farm Service Agency county committees is important to all farmers and ranchers, whether beginning or long-established with […]

Marketing assistance loans provide low-cost option

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hello friends, With harvest hopefully winding down for most of us, it is time begin putting the final plans into motion for actions over the winter months.Whether it is marketing grain, feeding livestock, milking cows or buying fertilizer and seed for next year, it is always good to have a plan. If your household is […]

Timely reminders from Farm Service Agency

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hello friends, It is good to be back! First off, I would like to apologize for our recent absence from this spot in the Farm and Dairy and also for not being in the office providing assistance. I have talked with many of my colleagues since the government shutdown has ended, and the overwhelming opinion […]

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