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Ohio State Office

State Executive Director

John Patterson

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200 North High St
Room 540
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 255-2441

Welcome to the USDA Ohio Farm Service Agency Website

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) serves America’s farmers, growers and producers through a network of over 2,100 offices in nearly every rural county in the United States, providing localized service to potential and current farmers who, in turn, provide our nation and the world with safe, affordable and reliable food, fuel and fiber. 

To make this possible, FSA works to effectively implement farm legislation, providing payments and services that farmers and producers need by administering credit and loan programs while managing conservation, commodity, farm marketing programs and providing risk management assistance and recovery support in times of economic distress or disaster.  FSA’s administers disaster assistance programs that provides financial support to crop and livestock producers affected by drought, flood, and other natural disasters. FSA also provides support to assist farmers in managing financial risks associated with commodity price and revenue fluctuations through commodity programs.  FSA’s conservation programs assist farmers and landowners in applying conservation measures to enhance and maintain the quality of soil, water, and related natural resources and wildlife.

Contact your local USDA FSA County office to learn more about our programs, loans and services our agency provides.

Learn more about FSA with a quick video introduction.


Seneca County & Wyandot County FSA Offices Hiring Full-Time Permanent County Program Technician

The Wyandot County FSA, in Upper Sandusky, Ohio is looking for a dedicated and talented individual to assist in our mission of partnering with American farmers and producers to attain an economically and environmentally sound future for American agriculture.

The County Program Technician works directly with farmers and landowners.  This position is responsible for carrying out office activities and functions pertaining to the program areas administered by FSA.  Various types of computer systems are utilized to maintain producer data and process program forms and information.  Basic requirements include general office clerical work, record keeping, computer skills, organizational skills, and good public relations skills.

FSA is seeking candidates with farming experience and/or knowledge to perform work in support of Ohio agriculture and farmers.  This position offers benefits, including health insurance that can be carried into retirement, 401(k) plan, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, and flexible work schedules. 

Individuals who are interested in applying for these job opportunities will apply online through USAJOBS website at www.usajobs.gov.  Applicants will enter the appropriate job announcement number below into the keyword search or click on the link below to complete and submit your application. 

The Seneca County Program Technician vacancy is being advertised under Job Announcement Number: FSACO-11521525-22-OH-CF.  This announcement is open until June 16, 2022.  Apply by visiting this link, USAJOBS - Job Announcement, https://www.usajobs.gov/job/657686500

Questions? Please contact the Ohio FSA State Office at (614) 255-2522.


USDA to Allow Producers to Request Voluntary Termination of Conservation Reserve Program Contract

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants who are in the final year of their CRP contract to request voluntary termination of their CRP contract following the end of the primary nesting season for fiscal year 2022. Participants approved for this one-time, voluntary termination will not have to repay rental payments, a flexibility implemented this year to help mitigate the global food supply challenges caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and other factors. Today, USDA also announced additional flexibilities for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  

FSA is mailing letters to producers with expiring acres that detail this flexibility and share other options, such as re-enrolling sensitive acres in the CRP Continuous signup and considering growing organic crops. Producers will be asked to make the request for voluntary termination in writing through their local USDA Service Center.   

If approved for voluntary termination, preparations can occur after the conclusion of the primary nesting season. Producers will then be able to hay, graze, begin land preparation activities and plant a fall-seeded crop before October 1, 2022. For land in colder climates, this flexibility may allow for better establishment of a winter wheat crop or better prepare the land for spring planting.  

Producers and landowners can learn more about these options by contacting their local USDA FSA County office. 


Farm Service Agency Accepting Nominations for County Committees June 15 through Aug. 1

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting nominations for county committees now through Aug. 1, 2022. Elections will take place starting in November.

County committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between agricultural communities across the country and USDA. For more information on FSA county committees, visit fsa.usda.gov/elections.


Subscribe to our Updates

FSA provides electronic news on programs direct to your email inbox.  It can help you remember important program announcements, deadlines and requirements so you can effectively utilize FSA programs in your farm operation.  In addition to the newsletter, you also can sign up to receive information through our Farmers.gov text messaging service from your County FSA office.  Our offices will only issue text messages to remind subscribers of timely, important program deadlines or other information. Visit  farmers.gov/subscribe to sign-up and receive email and text message alerts from your Ohio County FSA office. 


County FSA Offices Begin Preparations for Spring Acreage Reporting

Each year, USDA agencies collect data relating to crops through crop acreage reports. Acreage reporting is a requirement in order to maintain eligibility to participate in many USDA programs, including crop insurance, safety net, conservation, and disaster assistance programs. Filing an accurate and timely acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed and prevented plant acreage, may prevent the loss of benefits.

The acreage reporting deadline for all spring-planted crops, CRP and perennial grass is July 15, 2022, but producers can assist their county FSA office with this process now. As producers get into the fields, they are asked to keep track of what they are planting, where they are planting it and when they are planting it. This information will help with the certification process once planting is complete.
 
Producers should contact their USDA FSA County office for details on the certification process.


USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Costs of Organic, Transitioning Producers

Agricultural producers and handlers who are certified organic, along with producers and handlers who are transitioning to organic production, can now apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) and Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP), which help producers and handlers cover the cost of organic certification, along with other related expenses. Applications for OTECP and OCCSP are both due October 31, 2022

How to Apply 

To apply, producers and handlers should contact their USDA FSA County office.  As part of completing the OCCSP applications, producers and handlers will need to provide documentation of their organic certification and eligible expenses. Organic producers and handlers may also apply for OCCSP through participating State agencies.   

Additional details can be found on the OTECP and OCCSP webpages. 


CLEAR30 Signup Opens for Producers to Enroll Land with Expiring Conservation Contracts

The FSA announced the signup period for its Clean Lakes, Estuaries, And Rivers initiative (CLEAR30) — an opportunity for certain landowners and agricultural producers currently implementing water quality practices through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to enroll in 30-year contracts, extending the lifespan and strengthening the benefits of important water quality practices on their land.  

Producers may apply for CLEAR30, a voluntary, incentive-based conservation program, from April 1, 2022, through Aug. 5, 2022.  For additional information, producers are encouraged to contact their USDA FSA County office


CRP Continuous Enrollment Signup Continues

CRP is a land conservation program administered by FSA. In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

Under continuous CRP signup, environmentally sensitive land devoted to certain conservation practices can be enrolled in CRP at any time. Offers are automatically accepted provided the land and producer meet certain eligibility requirements and the enrollment levels do not exceed the statutory cap. Unlike CRP enrollments under general CRP signups or CRP Grasslands, offers for continuous enrollment are not subject to competitive bidding during specific periods. To find your office contact information, visit USDA FSA County office


COVID-19 and FSA: All Service Centers Now Open to In-Person Traffic

All USDA Service Centers in Ohio are now open to in-person, walk-in traffic. Appointments are no longer required, although they are still encouraged when possible so staff can be most effective with your time. In addition, Service Center staff in all offices will continue to offer customers options for service using virtual/online meetings, email and other digital tools, as appropriate.

Local office status could return to "by appointment only," depending on weekly COVID case information. Call your local office for additional information. To find your office contact information, visit USDA FSA County office


Are you interested in FSA's Loan program and have questions?

Farming is a business, and just like other business owners, farmers need access to financial resources (i.e., capital) to grow and build their enterprises. FSA Direct Farm Operating Loans support established, underserved, and beginning farmers by providing short-term financing to cover annual operating expenses. FSA Guaranteed Farm Operating Loans help farmers obtain more affordable financing from a bank or other lending institution by providing the commercial lender a government guarantee.  FSA Microloans are tailored to the smaller-scale operations of beginning farmers and farmers serving local and regional food markets – including urban and small-scale diversified farmers.

FSA offers loans to help farmers get the financing they need to start, expand or maintain a family farm.  FSA offers targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to assist underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers. USDA defines underserved applicants as a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For farm loan program purposes, targeted underserved groups are women, African Americans, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Hispanics and Asians and Pacific Islanders.  

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.  Visit our  Farm Loan Discovery Tool  to find the loan that’s right for you.  Visit our Farm Loan page, to learn more about our types of loans.

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

  • June 15 --- County Committee Nomination Period begins.
  • June 20 --- Juneteenth National Independence Day.  FSA Offices Closed
  • July 4 ------ Independence Day Holiday.  FSA Offices Closed.
  • July 15 ---- End of primary nesting season for CRP program purposes.
  • July 15 ---- Final certification date to report burley tobacco; cabbage planted through May 31; corn, grain sorghum, hybrid corn seed, spring oats, potatoes, popcorn, sugar beets, tomatoes and other crops. Report perennial forage crops. Report Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage.
  • July 15 ---- Final Date to Report Production for the preceding Crop Year for Farms Enrolled in ARC-IC.
  • August 1 -- Last day to file County Committee Nomination forms.
  • August 1 -- Deadline to Request farm reconstitutions and transfers for 2022.
  • August 5 -- Deadline for producers to request re-enrollment of Continuous Signup contracts or enrollment into TIP.
  • August 5 -- Deadline for producers to signup for CLEAR30.  Landowners and producers currently enrolled in the CRP with CRP contracts expiring September 30, 2022 can enroll in a 30-year contract that is a water-quality focused option available through CRP.
  • Aug. 31 --- Deadline to obtain 2021 NAP coverage for Aquaculture, Christmas trees, Floriculture, Ginseng, Mushrooms, Turf grass Sod and Watercress.
  • Sept. 5 ---- Labor Day Holiday. USDA Service Center is Closed.

Ongoing

  • Reports of Failed Acreage must be filed with the County Office before disposition of the crop.
      
  • Offers for Continuous CRP enrollment are still being accepted (including Scioto and Lake Erie CREP).
      
  • 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.
      
  • Contact FSA right away for notice of loss deadlines and disaster program requirements.

For more information, contact your local  USDA FSA County office.