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FSA Andy: You can get guaranteed loan for conservation projects

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The conservation loan funds will be used to implement practices that reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, or promote sustainable agricultural practices.

Number of farmers determines state loan funding

Thursday, March 8, 2012

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 […]

Ask FSA Andy: Get ready for spring

Thursday, March 1, 2012

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 […]

FSA Andy: Tap into the services USDA offers by getting on register

Thursday, February 23, 2012

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.

Food chemist Lloyd Hall changed the industry

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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 […]

Cataract surgeries help people see nature’s beauty

Thursday, February 9, 2012

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.

FSA Andy: Make sure your forms are up to date (and don’t plant marijuana)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Make sure your power of attorney form on file with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency is the right one.

FSA Andy: No one likes paperwork, but don’t miss key farm program deadlines

Thursday, January 26, 2012

If you’ve bought or sold land, or added or dropped rented ground, be sure to let your USDA Farm Service Agency office know.

FSA Andy: Changes to come

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Budget reductions are changing the face of the FSA offices across the state, like everyone we are doing more with less. Less staffing, limited supplies, and even proposals of fewer offices.

FSA program assists with farm real estate transfers

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Farm Service Agency has a new Land Contract Guarantee loan program to assist with the transfers of farm real estate. This has been a pilot program in six states for the past three years.

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