FSA Andy has some advice if you believe that you’ve been discriminated against when seeking USDA farm loans.
Hello Again! This past weekend finally brought some much-needed rain showers to the area. We are so thankful for that! The crops, lawns, gardens, trees, and pastures really needed a drink. Your local Farm Service Agency is always striving to provide programs and services fairly and equitably. But in the past, there may have been […]
Hello Again! This week I would like to remind you that USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers loans for farmers to purchase farmland and finance agricultural operations. FSA loans 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 […]
FSA Andy gives advice on how to prevent hay stack fires.
FSA Andy discusses Memorial Day and the upcoming County FSA Committee Elections.
Hello Again! Is your corn in the ground? Are you done with beans yet? What? Are you just a bit busy right now? With all this sunshine and the days getting longer, you’re still not done? You know, there’s hay to mow too… Believe me, we understand. Trying to balance the demands of planting, the […]
Hello Again! I was asked the other day why farmers talk about the weather. Guessing it goes back to that it is the one variable that everything else aside, can either make or break us for the year. Even if we do everything right, without the weather, our crop will still fail! So yes, especially […]
Hello Again! And a warm welcome to the beautiful springtime weather! Now that spring planting has begun, many farmers are busy trying to get all of their crops planted by the final crop planting dates established by the Risk Management Agency. If, by chance, Mother Nature does not cooperate, the Farm Service Agency encourages producers […]
Hello Again! Kitchen – check. Bedrooms – check. Garage – check. Yes, I’ve been busy spring cleaning! Have you ever wondered who works to clean our planet? America’s farmers and ranchers play an important role in keeping the earth clean through the Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program. CRP conserves soil, improves water and air […]
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the Milk Income Loss Contract will kick in for February, the first time there has been a payment for MILC since April 2010.
Farmers, in the hustle of the spring season, don’t forget a few upcoming USDA Farm Service Agency programs and dates.
Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency has a loan program to assist rural youth to establish and operate income producing agriculture projects. The youth loan program is connected to participation in 4-H or FFA. The project must be planned and operated with the assistance of their advisor and parents. The project must produce sufficient income […]
Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency has a guaranteed loan program available to assist farmers and agricultural lenders. Guaranteed loans are made by a commercial lender, Farm Credit or a bank. The Farm Service Agency provides the guarantee to the lender, not the borrower. The lender makes and services the loan. Guaranteed loans are the […]
The conservation loan funds will be used to implement practices that reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, or promote sustainable agricultural practices.
Each fiscal year Congress allocates the Farm Service Agency loan funds as part of the USDA budget. Congress makes allocations for each loan program: direct operating, direct farm ownership, emergency disaster, guaranteed operating and guaranteed farm ownership. The FSA national office then allocates loan funds to each state based on a formula used to determine […]
Hello Again! It seems as though spring has come early, as I watch the snow drops bloom and see the daffodils shooting skyward. This has been an unusual winter and I’m pretty sure that we can count on more snow and cold before it’s all said and done. March has a way of catching us […]
The USDA is trying to beef up the ways it reaches underserved farmers who are not currently enrolled in USDA loan, farm or conservation programs.
Hello again! The other day my wife asked me to retrieve some canned goods from the basement cupboard and I was reminded of the many trips I made to the fruit cellar as a child. There were rows and rows of quart jars filled with vegetables and fruits and meats. It was a beautiful sight […]
There was a time not too long ago that folks with cataracts had little hope of regaining their full vision and enjoying nature’s wonders. Most of us take the privilege of sight for granted and I know many of our readers have had cataract surgery and know firsthand what a blessing it is.