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FSA Andy: Assistance program offered for renewable energy crops

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the establishment of four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program project areas to promote the cultivation of crops that can be processed into renewable energy.

Ask FSA Andy: Commodity Credit Corp. loans, CRP and farm loans

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hello Again! Today I have three topics I would like to briefly talk about. They include your stored grain that is under loan, maintenance of your CRP land, and any claims of past discrimination in obtaining farm loans. First, let’s discuss that grain in your bin that is under Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) loan. Since […]

Farmers should participate in FSA county committee elections

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The nomination period for local Farm Service Agency county committees began June 15. I urge all farmers to participate in this year’s county committee elections by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1 deadline.

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy– Delay in prevented planting

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hello Again! We at FSA sincerely hope most of you have been able to get back into the fields and make some progress in planting your corn, soybeans, or vegetables and in harvesting your first cutting of hay. Due to all the Ohio spring rainfall, an extension of time has been approved by the Deputy […]

FSA built to support farmers and continues to do so

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hello Again! Do you remember the Great Depression with its Black Tuesday in 1929? Or did you experience the dust bowl and see the cloud of soil coming at you on Black Sunday in 1935? The 1930s were difficult times for American farmers. In fact, President Roosevelt was alarmed at the loss of family-sized, family-owned […]

Transitioning farm to next generation? Consider your USDA participation

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hello Friends: Few things make a farmer happier at retirement than handing his/her farm to someone who also loves working the land. In last week’s Farm and Dairy, Chris Zoller discussed legal steps to follow during farm transition to the next generation. Considering how farm transition affects participation in FSA programs is equally important to […]

Ask Andy: Crop status important for disaster programs

Thursday, May 5, 2011

FSA would like to remind producers to report prevented, planted or failed crop acreage in a timely manner.

Don’t forget commodity program deadlines

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hello Again! With all the cold, windy, and wet weather we have felt lately it’s hard to believe that April is almost over! Hopefully very soon we will be able to get into the fields to start spring planting! With spring encouraging warmer weather, the folks at FSA have a few reminders and 3 very […]

Claims process in place for alleged discrimination at USDA

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hello again! As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations that discrimination occurred at USDA in past decades, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the establishment of a process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert they were discriminated against when seeking USDA farm loans. Claims process […]

Conservation Reserve Program deadline approaches

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hello again! Easy money, restoring the environment, being good stewards of what we are graced with and leaving a sound future for our children; these are all good reasons to participate in the Conservation Reserve Program. The Conservation Reserve Program is offering a general sign-up that ends April 15. During the sign-up period, farmers and […]

FSA loans assist farmers in financial distress

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hello friends, The Farm Service Agency has a guaranteed loan program available to assist farmers and agricultural lenders. The guaranteed loans are made by a commercial lender such as a bank or Farm Credit. The Farm Service Agency provides the guarantee to the lender, not the borrower. The lender makes and services the loan. Purpose […]

Loans available for socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hello friends, The Farm Service Agency has loan programs to assist beginning farmers and/or members of socially disadvantaged groups to finance agricultural enterprises. Under these designated farm loan programs, FSA can provide financing to eligible applicants through either direct or guaranteed loans. While all qualified producers are eligible to apply for these loan programs, FSA […]

Youth loan program assists aspiring farmers

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hello friends, The Farm Service Agency has a loan program to assist rural youth establish and operate income-producing agriculture projects. The youth loan program is connected to the youth’s participation in 4-H or FFA. The project must be planned and operated with the assistance of the youth’s adviser and parents and must produce sufficient income […]

Lots of help out there for small farmers, including this Ohio event

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ever wonder what it takes to start a small farm enterprise? Get how-to advice at the Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference March 26.

New conservation loan program offered

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has added a new Conservation Loan program. The Conservation loan program provides farmers with the credit necessary to implement conservation measures on their land. This loan program is in partnership with the Natural Resources and Conservation Service to provide up front funding to implement conservation practices. The goal […]

Grassland Reserve Program deadlines approach

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hello again! Yet another February is near its end and the brief interlude of record high temperatures this past week remind us that spring is coming very soon. Seed catalogs are arriving weekly, another sure sign of spring as we think about the possibilities for this year’s garden. It is hard for me to imagine […]

ASK FSA Andy: Farmers may be eligible for livestock loss assistance

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hello Again! We awoke this morning to another 2 to 3 inches of new snow and very low temperatures. The two-hour school delay turned into yet another snow day and sleeping in, at least for our children. After a day off from school, the flu bug came to visit our household for the second time […]

Annual public notice of FSA programs

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hello Again! Each year, the Farm Service Agency is required by regulation to issue public notice on a variety of programs, policies and opportunities available at the county office. Call your local Farm Service Agency office with any questions. Report of payments to producers The Commodity Credit Corporation is required to file an informational return […]

Referendum on Sorghum Checkoff Program slated

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hello Again! Here’s some news for the sorghum people in your life. The U.S.D.A. has finalized procedures for the upcoming referendum on the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum. For the program to continue, the Sorghum Promotion, Research and Information Order requires that a referendum […]

It is a new year with new committee members

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Greetings! Congratulations to all the newly elected and re-elected county committee members. Their responsibilities begin immediately as the first official meeting this month will require the necessary tasks to organize the new committee. Most importance, they will nominate a committee advisor to speak on behalf of underrepresented groups. Currently, the committee consists of three to […]

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