Hello Again! The 2014 Farm Bill made several modifications to the Farm Service Agency farm loan programs. These modifications were implemented as of February 7, 2014 when the President signed the Farm Bill. The definition of a qualified beginning farmer has been modified. It was based on the median farm size and has been changed […]
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 […]
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 […]
Little wonder why Congress got the Farm Bill math wrong: it knows what it knows and everyone else can just shut up.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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; […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]