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Agriculture in Ohio is a major industry. One in eight Ohioans are employed in the food and agriculture industry which contributes over $124 billion to the state's economic growth. Ohio's top commodities include: soybeans, corn, tomatoes, swiss cheese and egg production.   


Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.

A call center will be available for producers who would like additional one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process. Please call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. To find the latest information on CFAP 2, including forms and the contact information for your local Service Center, visit farmers.gov/CFAP.


Latest FSA News for Ohio
  
Wondering Whether Your FSA Office is Open for In-Person Appointments? 

Coronavirus and USDA Service Centers

Some USDA Service Centers in Ohio will begin allowing in-person office visits by appointment only. Our program delivery staff will be in the office and work with our producers in person, by phone, by email, or by using other online tools. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business should call ahead to confirm the office’s status and make an appointment before visiting. Visitors will be pre-screened based on health concerns or recent travel and must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors will be required to wear a face covering during their appointment.

To find out whether your FSA office is open for in-person appointments, go to this clickable map and select your county for details. 


Current News and Information

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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
  • Sept. 21 --  Signup for for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) 2 Begins. 
     
  • Sept. 30 –- Deadline to Update PLC Yields.
     
  • Oct. 12 ----- Columbus Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed.
     
  • Oct. 12 ----- Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) signup for 2021 coverage begins; through December 11, 2020.
     
  • Nov. 2 ------ County committee ballots mailed to voters.
     
  • Nov. 11 ---- Veterans Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed.
     
  • Nov. 20 ---- Last day to apply for coverage for asparagus, blueberries, caneberries, cherries, chestnuts, forage for hay and pasture, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, honey, hops and maple syrup.
     
  • Nov. 26 --- Thanksgiving Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed.

  • Dec. 7 ----- Last day to return voted Ballots in county committee election.     
             

    Ongoing
  • FSA continues signup for WHIP+ for producers who suffered losses in either 2018 and/or 2019 due to excessive moisture. 

  • 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.


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 9/18/20.