Hello again! As I sit and go through my notes of column topics, my focus is becoming narrower. The lack of a new farm bill, or at least an extension of the old farm bill, has limited the availability of some FSA programs. One example is the Conservation Reserve Program. While existing contracts are being […]
Hello again! Transitions are a part of life. Sometimes it is a long transition, such as if you have a child going to college. College bound kids are just starting their journey to adult hood and independence. They may be out of the house, but their stuff is still in their room, they still are […]
Marketing Assistance Loans use your stored crop as collateral to issue a low interest loan for up to nine months.
Hello again! County fairs are winding down and an early harvest has begun. Some farmers may actually be done with harvest by Halloween this year instead of Thanksgiving, and get to enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving meal with family and friends! The Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) would like to remind dairy producers that currently no […]
Hello again! Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack designated 83 counties in Ohio as primary agricultural natural disaster areas and five counties in Ohio as contiguous counties Sept. 5. In addition five counties in Pennsylvania and eight counties in West Virginia were designated as contiguous counties. The disaster designation is based on damages due to drought […]
Hello again! The past few months I have had the opportunity to “go back” and assist the producers in Carroll County with their FSA paperwork, a couple of days a week. I have been out of the Carroll County office for more than 16 years but it was great to catch up with producers and […]
Hello again! June! July! August! The calendar has ‘flipped’ by quickly, with the passing of summer all but a memory. A short time still remains for you to make a memory and do something exciting. We still have several county fairs coming up to provide you with the chance to check out local agriculture and […]
Hello Again! What would you classify as a ‘disaster’? I guess the answer to this would depend on who you asked and the timing of the question. It can cover anything from my house that needs cleaned, my desk that needs organized, to the recent weather-related disasters experienced throughout the United States. Disasters touch the […]
Hello Again! The motto for the Boy Scouts is Be Prepared . Are you prepared for your 2012 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? The Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program will allow producers of […]
Hello Again, Gorgeous sunshine and high temperatures are not what local farmers are hoping for. They are nice if you are at the beach but producers are hoping and praying for some rain to try and save the crops that are suffering from the drought of 2012. To help provide some relief for livestock producers, […]
Hello Again! Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture began sign up for the Highly Erodible Land Initiative under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) July 23. The purpose of this initiative is to protect up to 750,000 acres of the nation’s most highly erodible croplands. Producers may enroll at their […]
Hello Again! As the weeks roll by, once again the crop year of 2012 seems to be one that will go down in history as a drought year as the current weather pattern is playing havoc with your growing crops. Most of the farmers I have visited with recently are experiencing drought like conditions as […]
Hello Again! Wow, our summer is flying by. I hope you all had a safe and happy 4th of July. Today I would like to remind you that FSA’s final acreage reporting dates are quickly approaching. Filing a crop acreage report is required under most FSA program regulations in order to receive program benefits. If […]
Hello again! Today I want to remind you of several important FSA program deadlines. ACRE production Producers that participated in the ACRE farm program for 2011 are required to report 2011 production to be used to compute possible 2011 ACRE payments and 2012 benchmark farm yields. The reporting deadline date for 2011 production reports is […]
Hello Again, Farmers in our area have really embraced the new forms of electronic technology. A lot of farm families now have a computer and Internet service. More and more of you are getting your grain or milk prices electronically, and the majority of you are able to check the weather forecasts on your smartphones. […]
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.