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Our primary mission is to help ensure the success of Arizona’s farmers and ranchers through various programs and technical assistance. The work that FSA continues to accomplish day to day is important not only to the agricultural producers around the State but also to the rural communities that depend on the agricultural industry.
The hard-working men and women of Arizona's county offices are at the forefront of our efforts and remain the primary contact for program participation. We encourage you to speak with the staff at your local FSA office on how we can be of service. Our website can help you learn more about FSA programs and services.
As a high school student in Round Valley, Arizona, Kevin McFee worked for local ranchers and began growing a herd of his own.
From Angus to Longhorns, Kevin and his wife, Missy, now run a cow-calf operation in Apache County with the help of their five children. Before purchasing their ranch, the McFees picked up leases and bought cattle whenever they could.
“Agriculture is in my blood,” said Kevin. “It’s what I’ve always wanted to do.”
Working the Land
After years of leasing, Kevin and Missy looked into buying land of their own. With a farm ownership loan from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), the couple became landowners in 2011. FSA’s farm loan programs offer direct and guaranteed loans to farmers and ranchers to promote, build and sustain family farms for a thriving agricultural economy.
“It’s still a work-in-progress, but we’ve done a lot of infrastructure work since 2011,” said Kevin. “We’ve dug a lot of post holes, put in pipe lines, and built interior fences, all to get it where we want it to be.”
Kevin’s family is his main source of help on the ranch. He said the entire operation would not be what it is without them.
“My family is involved in just about everything I do,” he said. “If we need to gather cattle, we do it as a family. If we’re building three miles of new fence, we do it as a family.”
Aside from the ranch, Kevin serves his peers as a member on the Apache FSA County Committee. County committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between agricultural communities across the country and USDA. Producers work to make FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.
Conserving the Land
Teaching their kids to conserve natural resources is important to the McFees. Over the years, they have worked hard to implement conservation practices to provide a better environment for their cattle and the wildlife that live there.
With the help of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), they have implemented practices to restore native grasslands. Not only does this provide enough forage for both his livestock and native wildlife, but it also protects the soil from erosion.
Through the program, NRCS provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement conservation practices. Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations.
“It all boils down to taking care of your grass and your dirt,” Kevin said. “I want to leave my land better than I found it.” More Information
USDA offers a variety of risk management, disaster assistance, loan, and conservation programs to help agricultural producers in the United States weather ups and downs in the market and recover from natural disasters as well as invest in improvements to their operations.
For more information about USDA programs and to find your local service center, visit farmers.gov
About the Farm Service Agency:
The Farm Service Agency is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Located in all 50 states, our mission is to help American farmers provide reasonably priced food and fiber to the nation and the world.
The Arizona State Office is located in Phoenix, Arizona. County Service Centers are located in eight Arizona communities to serve the needs of area farmers and ranchers. Click the link below for County Office phone numbers and addresses: HERE
The Farm Service Agency State Committee in Arizona oversees the activities of the agency. The members are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture each year. They hear appeals from local farmers and guide the direction of agency policy.
Arizona State Committee:
Pamela Griffin (Chairperson)
Contact us at:
Arizona State Farm Service Agency
230 N. 1st Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Our offices are open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday-Friday.
We are closed on Federal Holidays.
USDA Farm Service Agency Announces Program Deadline Extensions:
USDA’s Farm Service Agency extended deadlines on many of its programs because of the government shutdown and the emergency nature of many of the programs. Below are updated deadlines:
- Peanut loans or Loan Deficiency Payments - Loan availability date now Feb. 28, 2019
- Livestock Forage Disaster -2018 Application for payment due Feb. 28, 2019
- Seed Cotton Recourse Loans Available through March 31
For inquiries related to these programs or any not listed above, please contact your local USDA Service Center.
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