Welcome to the USDA Ohio Farm Service Agency Website

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.

Current News and Information

USDA Designates 4 Counties in PA with Assistance to Ashtabula County, Ohio Producers.

USDA Announces Availability of Additional Farm Loan Funding.

USDA Extends Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy Enrollment Deadline to Dec. 16, 2016.

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Message from the State Executive Director

Steve D. Maurer, State Executive DirectorThe 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!

  • Access your customer profile, farm records information and your maps.
  • Print your farm records information, including crop bases and yields.
  • Print your maps to use when reporting your annual crop acreage information.
  • Export your field boundaries as common land unit for sharing with your crop insurance agent.
  • Available to operators and owners with eAuth Level 2 access from USDA.

Contact your FSA County office for additional details and about obtaining eAuth Level 2 access to USDA.

Access FSAfarm+

Are you interested in FSA's Loan program and have questions. Check out FSA's Guide to Farm Loans.

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.

Farm Loan Current Interest Rates

FSA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment -- Can Help Producers Get Products to Market Quickly.

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.

Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Current Interest Rates

Are you interested in getting started into farming and need assistance that connects farm entrepreneurs with programs, services and resources available.  -- Check out USDA's New and Beginning Farmers Website.

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

  • Oct. 1 ----- Deadline to obtain 2017 NAP coverage for Winter Wheat, Rye, Barley and Speltz.
  • Oct. 10 --- Columbus Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed.
  • Nov. 7 ---- County committee ballots mailed to voters.
  • Nov. 11 --- Veterans Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed.
  • Nov. 20 --- Last day to apply for 2017 NAP coverage for asparagus, blueberries, caneberries, cherries, chestnuts, forage for hay and pasture, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, honey, hops and maple syrup.
  • Nov. 24 --- Thanksgiving Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed.
  • Dec. 5 ----- Last day to return voted Ballots in county committee election.
  • Dec. 16 --- Last day for dairy producers to make elections for Margin Price Protection (MPP) Program.
  • 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

 Call or write us at:

United States Department of Agriculture
Ohio Farm Service Agency
200 North High St. Room 540
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 255-2441
Office Hours are 8:00-4:30pm EST.
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Updated Last on 9/6/16.