December 1, 2014
Last Day to return voted ballots to the USDA Service Center for County Committee Elections
December 1, 2014
Deadline to enroll in the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for fruits, vegetables, pasture and herbs, Crop Year 2015
December 17, 2014
Reimbursement of Transportation Cost Payment Program extended deadline to submit supporting documentation for applications
January 30, 2015
Deadline to apply for Livestock Forage Disaster Program and Livestock Indemnity Program
May 11, 2015
Deadline for American Samoa & Guam to apply for Emergency Loans due to severe flooding and Tropical Storm Halong
May 12, 2015
Deadline for Hawaii & Maui County producers to apply for Emergency Loans due to impacts of Hurricane Iselle
For the latest on 2014 Farm Bill programs administered by Farm Service Agency, please visit our Farm Bill website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/farmbill
Agricultural producers who were negatively impacted by severe storms Halong or Iselle or the torrential rains that occurred in American Samoa may be eligible for assistance through the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA). Program resources may include:
• Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance
(NAP) helps to offset production losses for those producers who were signed-up for the program in advance.
• Tree Assistance Program
(TAP) is available for qualifying fruit orchardists of papaya, macadamia nuts, banana and tropical fruits. The program provides cost share to clean up, rehabilitate and replant.
• Emergency Conservation Program
(ECP) can assist farmers and ranchers with the clean-up of field damage to farms and ranches including debris removal and fence replacement.
• Livestock Indemnity Program
(LIP) helps offset ranchers’ losses of cattle, goats or sheep.
• Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program
(ELAP) provides eligible producers with compensation for losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions.
• Farm Loan Programs
offers a range of low-interest loan programs to assist producers. Loan options include Microloans
, Direct Operating Loans
and Emergency Loans
Additionally, producers with existing loans with FSA should contact their loan officer once they anticipate having problems making their regular payments, as FSA may be able to modify their payment schedule or help meet other needs.
For more information about FSA’s programs including what you need to do in advance of the next disaster visit www.fsa.usda.gov/hi
or for a more comprehensive look at USDA disaster assistance visit: www.usda.gov/disaster
“We are very concerned for producers’ livelihoods due to the extent of reported damages sustained during these severe weather events,” said, Diane Ley, Executive Director for FSA in Hawaii and the Pacific Basin. “Farm Service Agency has mobilized resources to meet directly with producers on all impacted islands.”
Producers who experienced losses in any of these storms are urged to gather their records and call the FSA County Office for an appointment to discussion applicable disaster assistance programs and/or loan options. Due to the extent of the damages generating a high volume of inquiries, walk-in customers are advised of long wait times, as those with appointments will be given priority. When calling in, producers should be prepared to provide the following information:
• Name and contact information to allow for follow-up scheduling of an appointment;
• Location of farm;
• Type of crop;
• Estimated acres/trees lost or percentage of crop lost;
• Description of structural damage; and
• Assistance requested; e.g.,
for the full text of this press release.
The election of responsible agricultural producers to FSA county committees is important to ALL farmers and ranchers with large or small operations. It is crucial that every eligible producer take part in this election because county committees are a direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level. Farmers who serve on committees help decide the kind of programs their counties will offer. They work to make FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.
Microloans with reduced requirements and a simpler loan application are helping small, niche and beginning farmers and ranchers meet their goals. Apply for up to $35,000 to fund your farm or ranch operation. For more information click here
or call your FSA County Office for an appointment with a loan officer.
September 4, 2014
– USDA Designates Hawaii County as a Primary Natural Disaster Area
September 4, 2014
- Livestock Producers Urged to Enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by October 1st
August 14, 2014
– USDA Provides Producers with a Safety Net Following Hurricane Iselle
July 31, 2014
- USDA Extends Deadline for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program
June 6, 2014
– Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15
April 15, 2014
– Sign-Up Begins Today for USDA Disaster Assistance Programs Restored by the Farm Bill
Greetings, Aloha, Talofa & Hafa Adai!
Welcome to the Hawaii State and Pacific Basin Farm Service Agency's website.
Please take some time to explore the Hawaii and Pacific Basin Farm Service Agency's (FSA) website which includes links to other programs and services within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The website features up to date program notices and fact sheets, deadlines and newsletters, all geared to provide you with critical information at the click of a button. On the website you will also find detailed contact information for local FSA offices and the names of farmer-elected representatives to the FSA County Committees.
I urge you to sign up to receive FSA’s e-newsletters and e-news bulletins here
. Quick, convenient and at no cost to you or your business, FSA’s newsletters will arrive in your e-mail or via text on a monthly basis and e-news items as the “news” happens.
Finally, I urge you to call and schedule an appointment with staff at your local FSA office and learn more about the programs that FSA offers to maximize your business' success. Our staff is deeply committed to support our farm and ranch businesses and will walk you through a host of programs and services including farm loans, payment programs, disaster relief, and conservation programs.
Covering a geographic area the size of the Continental U.S., FSA Hawaii and the Pacific Basin supports a wealth of diverse farms and ranches in terms of size of operations, crops, type of production systems, and markets. Perhaps, more importantly, it is the diversity of the people engaged in agricultural systems that makes this region unique. The cultures, customs, languages and even the business systems are distinctive from place to place whether it is each island within the State of Hawaii or the islands encompassing the territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Common Wealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the republics of the Marshall Islands and Palau or the Federated States of Micronesia.
Yet, as diverse as our agricultural communities are, we are all firmly linked by our common commitment and passion for agriculture. Be it producing food for consumption, flowers and plants to enhance the quality of our lives, or the production of fiber for the energy sector, we are all working to assure the successful development of the region's agricultural businesses.
Thank You, Mahalo, Fa’afetai Lava & Si Yu’us Ma’ase
Diane L. Ley
State Executive Director
Hawaii State and Pacific Basin Farm Service Agency Office
P.O. Box 50065
300 Ala Moana Blvd, Rm 5-108
Honolulu, HI 96850
(808) 541-2600 extension 2
FSA at Work in Hawaii and the Pacific Basin