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  1. USDA Designates Kauai County in Hawaii as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

    Mon Dec 4, 2017 05:03 PM

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Kauai County in Hawaii as a primary natural disaster area due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

    The county listed above was designated a natural disaster area on Nov. 21, 2017, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for FSA’s emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

  2. Trump Administration Appoints AL Frenzel to Serve as State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Hawaii

    Mon Dec 4, 2017 03:55 PM

    HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Nov.  28, 2017- The Trump Administration recently appointed Allen “AL” Frenzel as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Hawaii Farm Service Agency (FSA). Frenzel joined the Hawaii FSA team on Monday, Nov. 27.

    Frenzel is an entrepreneur who recently owned and operated several businesses in Hawaii, including consulting services in the area of logistics, leadership and business optimization. He is a logistics management professional who previously worked for Defense Logistics Agency on the United States Pacific Command staff after retiring as an Army Colonel with 27 years of active service. He served as a Professor and Director of Logistics Management at the U.S. Army War College. Originally an agriculture student at the University of Nevada-Reno, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Texas College and his Master of Science in business administration from Boston University.

  3. FSA County Committee Elections have Begun; Producers were Mailed Ballots the Week of Nov. 6

    Wed Nov 15, 2017 05:25 PM

    Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 15, 2017 – Hawaii State and Pacific Basin Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Steve Peterson today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 4, 2017, to ensure that their vote is counted.

  4. USDA Offers Targeted Farm Loan Funding for Underserved Groups and Beginning Farmers

    Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:00 AM

    (Honolulu, Hawaii), October 31, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hawaii and Pacific Basin Farm Service Agency (FSA) Active Executive Director Steve Peterson reminds producers that FSA offers specially targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers.

    “Each year, a portion of FSA’s loan funds are set aside to lend to targeted underserved and beginning farmers and ranchers,” said Peterson. “Farming and ranching is a capital intensive business and FSA is committed to helping producers start and maintain their agricultural operations.”

  5. USDA Designates Maui County in Hawaii as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

    Mon Oct 30, 2017 02:34 PM

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Maui County in Hawaii as a primary natural disaster area due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

    Farmers and ranchers in Kalawao County in Hawaii also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their county is contiguous.