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Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy– disaster area designation and loans available

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hello Again!On Sept. 5, 2012, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated all 88 counties in Ohio as natural disaster areas due to drought and excessive heat that occurred from Feb. 1, 2012 and continued. The designation also included five counties in Pennsylvania and eight counties in West Virginia as contiguous disaster areas. Application deadline This […]

Vote in the FSA county committee election

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hello again! The national election is over and you probably thought all the advertisements and articles about elections were over. Well, there is still one more important election to be held — the FSA county committee election. FSA county committees play a vital and relevant role in delivering important farm programs. Your participation in the […]

Ask FSA Andy about the Hispanic and woman farmer and rancher claim process

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hello Again!This week we are going to talk about something that we need to get the word out on — the Hispanic and Women Farmer and Rancher Claims Process. Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades can file claims until March 25, 2013 to receive a cash […]

Nov. 20 deadline for disaster assistance program

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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 […]

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

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 […]

FSA Andy: Marketing Assistance Loans give farmers options for upfront crop income

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Marketing Assistance Loans use your stored crop as collateral to issue a low interest loan for up to nine months.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

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 […]

In a disaster-designated area? Apply for emergency loss loan

Thursday, September 20, 2012

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 […]

The needs are the same across the state- FSA Andy

Thursday, August 30, 2012

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 […]

FSA Andy: Summer will soon be a memory

Thursday, August 23, 2012

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 […]

What is a disaster?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

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 […]

Ask FSA Andy: Farm storage facility loans

Thursday, August 9, 2012

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 […]

CRP land could provide some much-needed hay relief

Thursday, August 2, 2012

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, […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy– about conservation programs

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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 […]

Ask FSA Andy: The drought and crop insurance

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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 […]

Final acreage reporting dates approaching

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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 […]

Take heed of important deadlines approaching

Thursday, July 5, 2012

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 […]

GovDelivery offers farmers FSA info. electronically

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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. […]

Ask FSA Andy: loan discrimination

Thursday, June 21, 2012

FSA Andy has some advice if you believe that you’ve been discriminated against when seeking USDA farm loans.

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy– about discriminated hispanics and women farmers

Thursday, June 21, 2012

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 […]

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