Agriculture in Ohio is a major industry. One in seven Ohioans are employed in the food and agriculture industry which contributes over $98 billion to the state's economic growth. Ohio's top commodities include: soybeans, corn, wheat, tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, Swiss cheese and egg production.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides federal program benefits to Ohio's farmers and producers' in terms of loans for operating and land purchase, commodity price supports, disaster relief, emergency assistance, conservation and other needed agriculture support efforts.
Through these activities, FSA supports the USDA mission and helps ensure a healthful, stable, accessible and affordable food supply. Through these programs, FSA also fosters good land stewardship, which will help preserve our agricultural land for generations to come.
Steve D. Maurer
State Executive Director, Ohio
In the Spotlight
Introducing FSAfarm+ -- FSA’s Customer Self-Service Portal --
A fast and easy way to access your FSA farm information, plus a lot more!
Contact your FSA County office for additional details and about obtaining eAuth Level 2 access to USDA.
This guidebook simplifies information on the types of farm loans available; how to apply for a guaranteed loan, direct loan, or land contract guarantee; what you can expect once you submit your application; and most importantly, your rights and responsibilities as an FSA customer.
FSA provides a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments, are designed to help producers, including new, small and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets. For more information, check out FSA's Farm Storage Facility Loan Program.
The site features advice and guidance on everything a new farm business owner needs to know, from writing a business plan, to obtaining a loan to grow their business, to filing taxes as a new small business owner, starting or expanding an operation, developing new markets, supporting more effective farming and conservation practices, and having access to relevant training and education opportunities. By answering a series of questions about their operation, farmers can use the site’s Discovery Tool to build a personalized set of recommendations of USDA programs and services that may meet their needs.
To learn more about USDA's New and Beginning Farmers website, visit www.usda.gov/newfarmers.
Important Dates to Remember
Reports of Failed Acreage must be filed with the County Office before disposition of the crop.
Reports of Prevented Planting Acreage must be filed with the County Office no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date for that county and producers of hand-harvested crops and certain perishable crops must notify FSA within 72 hours of when a loss becomes apparent.
Sign-up to receive free electronic news from your FSA County Office.
GovDelivery is a free email communication service that enables FSA County Offices to provide information and deadline reminders instantly to farmers and producers. Ask about FSA's GovDelivery electronic news service and how to sign-up at your FSA County Office.
Ohio FSA State Committee Members:
Bob Boggs, Chairperson
Bob Cole, member
Bruce Long, member
Jim, Rex, member
Jim Zumbrink, member
United States Department of Agriculture
Ohio Farm Service Agency
200 North High St. Room 540
Columbus, OH 43215
Office Hours are 8:00-4:30pm EST.
Updated Last on 9/6/16.