Hello Again! This spring the rains came and kept on coming, with some fields never drying out to plant. Once the rains stopped, then the heat and humidity was close behind. Basically the area went from winter to summer in zero to 14 days. Talk about the weather being challenging. The farmers finally get the […]
Hello Again, A deep red Gerber daisy from my daughter for Mother’s Day. A soft pink geranium that was given to us by our Master Gardener adviser. My lavender wisteria that was gorgeous in May continues to bloom here and there. Mother Nature has outdone herself on providing a rainbow of colors around my house […]
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 […]
The Farm Service Agency has Youth Loans available. These loans can be up to $5,000 and the youth must be age 10 through 20.
Hello Again! It’s Friday afternoon and I’m trying to figure out what to write for FSA Andy. FSA stuff can be a ” little” boring and of course we are never allowed to provide an opinion, because the agency is concerned that someone might come back and sue them for following some expressed opinions. I […]
Hello Again! Happy belated Fourth of July to all. Here are some neat tidbits about the Fourth. The actual resolution declaring our independence from England was passed July 2, 1776, with Congress finally approving it July 4. Fourth Did you know Thomas Jefferson the principle author? We didn’t start calling the Fourth Independence Day until […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
FSA would like to remind producers to report prevented, planted or failed crop acreage in a timely manner.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Ever wonder what it takes to start a small farm enterprise? Get how-to advice at the Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference March 26.