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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 […]

Ask FSA Andy: There are USDA loans out there for farmers

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hello Again! This week I would like to remind you that USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers loans for farmers to purchase farmland and finance agricultural operations. FSA loans are designed to help producers who are temporarily unable to obtain private or commercial credit. In many cases, applicants are beginning farmers who have insufficient net […]

Ask FSA Andy: Preventing barn fires

Thursday, June 7, 2012

FSA Andy gives advice on how to prevent hay stack fires.

Ask FSA Andy: FSA elections and Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

FSA Andy discusses Memorial Day and the upcoming County FSA Committee Elections.

Ask FSA Andy: Busy time of the year! Sign up now!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hello Again! Is your corn in the ground? Are you done with beans yet? What? Are you just a bit busy right now? With all this sunshine and the days getting longer, you’re still not done? You know, there’s hay to mow too… Believe me, we understand. Trying to balance the demands of planting, the […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy about NAP assistance and crop acreage

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hello Again! I was asked the other day why farmers talk about the weather. Guessing it goes back to that it is the one variable that everything else aside, can either make or break us for the year. Even if we do everything right, without the weather, our crop will still fail! So yes, especially […]

Ask FSA by FSA Andy: Crop acreage

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hello Again! And a warm welcome to the beautiful springtime weather! Now that spring planting has begun, many farmers are busy trying to get all of their crops planted by the final crop planting dates established by the Risk Management Agency. If, by chance, Mother Nature does not cooperate, the Farm Service Agency encourages producers […]

Ask FSA about the Conservation Reserve Program or CRP

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hello Again! Kitchen – check. Bedrooms – check. Garage – check. Yes, I’ve been busy spring cleaning! Have you ever wondered who works to clean our planet? America’s farmers and ranchers play an important role in keeping the earth clean through the Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program. CRP conserves soil, improves water and air […]

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Farmers, if you plan to plant a different crop on your current cropland, check with NRCS to assure the new crop will qualify under your conservation system.

FSA Andy: Eating that milk chocolate Easter bunny and thinking about MILC

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the Milk Income Loss Contract will kick in for February, the first time there has been a payment for MILC since April 2010.

FSA Andy: Don’t miss deadlines for CRP or DCP

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Farmers, in the hustle of the spring season, don’t forget a few upcoming USDA Farm Service Agency programs and dates.

Ask FSA Andy: Youth farm loans available

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency has a loan program to assist rural youth to establish and operate income producing agriculture projects. The youth loan program is connected to participation in 4-H or FFA. The project must be planned and operated with the assistance of their advisor and parents. The project must produce sufficient income […]

Ask FSA Andy by FSA Andy: Guaranteed loans

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency has a guaranteed loan program available to assist farmers and agricultural lenders. Guaranteed loans are made by a commercial lender, Farm Credit or a bank. The Farm Service Agency provides the guarantee to the lender, not the borrower. The lender makes and services the loan. Guaranteed loans are the […]

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