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Beginning farmers can get loans through USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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.

FSA provides loans to youth for 4-H, FFA and beginning farmers

Thursday, January 16, 2014

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 […]

FSA loan options require certain criteria

Thursday, January 9, 2014

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. […]

USDA FSA plans to go paperless

Thursday, December 26, 2013

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 […]

New county committee election ballots mailed

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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 […]

Now is a good time to finish paperwork

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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 […]

Good time to update farm operations for 2014 crop year

Thursday, December 5, 2013

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; […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy about farm storage facilty loans

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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 […]

Remember to vote in your local FSA elections

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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 […]

Marketing assistance loans provide low-cost option

Thursday, November 7, 2013

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 […]

Timely reminders from Farm Service Agency

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hello friends, It is good to be back! First off, I would like to apologize for our recent absence from this spot in the Farm and Dairy and also for not being in the office providing assistance. I have talked with many of my colleagues since the government shutdown has ended, and the overwhelming opinion […]

Returning to normal operations after furlough

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hello Again! FSA was among several local government agencies closed during the furlough. Some producers have contacted FSA concerned about various issues that should have been completed during the shut-down. At this time only a few details have been provided from the FSA State Office. Since government agencies do not plan for such events, start […]

USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers farm operating loans

Friday, September 27, 2013

Hello Friends, With a Direct or Guaranteed Farm Operating Loan through the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, a qualified farmer can purchase or lease items needed for a successful farm operation, such as livestock, farm equipment, feed, seed, chemicals, or other operating expenses. These loans may also be used to pay for minor improvements to buildings, […]

MILC program still in effect

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hello again, MILC producers need to be aware the MILC program has still been in effect throughout the 2013 fiscal year. Payments have been available in the months of October of 2012, and January, February, March, April, May, June and July of 2013. Rates were $.0236789, $.1179986, $.5222389, $.7545603, $.6988366, $.7423572, $.2187348 and $.0584288. Payments […]

For an “agricultural” fair, head to Wayne County Sept. 7-12

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hello again, Ohio County fairs are winding down, but one still on the horizon is the Wayne County Fair in Wooster (Sept. 7-12). Wayne County is considered to be one of the most agricultural related fairs, with more than 2,200 junior fair livestock entries. They are expecting overflow livestock entry numbers in junior fair sheep, […]

Follow conservation plans carefully

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hello Again,Did you find in your younger years that you would act first then ask questions later? How long did it take you to realize that this was not always the best path to take? Had you asked a few questions first, it may have kept you out of trouble in the end. When dealing […]

USDA/FSA Marketing Assistance Loan could tide you over

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Farmers, if you’re watching the market, and find yourself a little short on cash, the USDA’s FSA Marketing Assistance Loan program could help.

Apply now for farm storage facility loan

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hello Again! The motto for the Boy Scouts is “Be prepared.” Are you prepared for your 2013 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 program will allow producers of eligible commodities […]

Show me the money! FSA offers microloans, youth loans, short-term loans

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hello Friends, Do you think there is something is goofy about the weather? Call it whatever, but we might want to start thinking about it. There were four confirmed tornadoes in Carroll County in July. They have had one in the last 30 years. Last Thursday I had just emptied my rain gauge when it […]

FSA Andy: Continuous CRP helps curb erosion and runoff (plus you get paid for it)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Hello Friends, Every July, I write a topic about conservation practices. I do so because I strongly believe in the value of a couple of practices available under the continuous signup for the Conservation Reserve Program. We have all read about the algae bloom that takes place each year in the western basin of Lake […]

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