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Ohio State Office

State Executive Director

Glenda Ward

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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.


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. 


Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program

USDA’s Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) helps to cover certification and education expenses for agricultural producers who are certified organic or transitioning to organic. Certified operations and transitional operations may apply for OTECP for eligible expenses paid during the 2020 and 2021 program years and the program will continue into 2022. Eligible expenses include certification expenses, registration fees for educational events and soil testing as required by the National Organic Program.
  
Signup for OTECP for 2020 and 2021 is through Feb. 4, 2022. FSA extended the original signup deadline, which was Jan. 7, 2022.  Learn more at farmers.gov/otecp.


USDA Opens 2022 Signup for Dairy Margin Coverage, Expands Program for Supplemental Production

The USDA opened signup for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program and expanded the program to allow dairy producers to better protect their operations by enrolling supplemental production. This signup period – which runs from Dec. 13, 2021 to Feb. 18, 2022 – enables producers to get coverage through this important safety-net program for another year as well as get additional assistance through the new Supplemental DMC.

To determine the appropriate level of DMC coverage for a specific dairy operation, producers can use the online dairy decision tool.

To learn more or to participate in DMC, producers should contact their USDA FSA County office.


Pandemic Assistance Now Available for Hog Producers Who Use Spot Market

Ohio FSA is accepting applications through Feb. 25, 2022, from hog producers under the Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program (SMHPP). SMHPP provides assistance to hog producers who sold hogs through a negotiated sale from April 16, 2020, through Sept. 1, 2020.   
  
An eligible producer must be a person or legal entity who has ownership in the hogs and whose production facilities are in the United States. Contract producers are not eligible for this program. For additional details on the SMHPP, view the SMHPP factsheet or visit https://www.farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance/smhpp.


USDA Encourages 2022 Farm Program Enrollment for ARC or PLC 

FSA is encouraging producers to contact their USDA FSA County office to make or change elections and to enroll for 2022 ARC or PLC, providing future protections against market fluctuations. The election and enrollment period continues through March 15, 2022.  

Producers can elect coverage and enroll in ARC-CO or PLC, which are both crop-by-crop, or ARC-IC, which is for the entire farm. Although election changes for 2022 are optional, producers must enroll through a signed contract each year. Also, if a producer has a multi-year contract on the farm and makes an election change for 2022, it will be necessary to sign a new contract.    If an election is not submitted by the deadline of March 15, 2022, the election remains the same as the 2021 election for crops on the farm. 

Producers who are ready to begin the ARC/PLC election and enrollment process should contact their USDA FSA County office for an appointment. 

Tools to assist in the ARC/PLC decision-making process can be found at: Gardner-farmdoc Payment Calculator, or ARC and PLC Decision Tool. Additional information is available at ARC/PLC Information Page


USDA Service Centers Open to Limited In-Person Visitors By Appointment Only; Services Also Available Through Phone, Email

In response to COVID-19, all USDA FSA Service Centers in Ohio are limiting in-person office visits to by-appointment-only and some Ohio USDA service centers have been reduced to 25% staffing. Transmission levels are being monitored weekly and our service centers operating status may change quickly.  When this occurs, customers and visitors may not be permitted in the office during this time. Please call before visiting to find out if your FSA County office is open to limited visitors.  If you feel an in-person appointment is needed to conduct your business rather than by phone or online, please reach out to your FSA County office so they can assist in scheduling an appointment.  As a reminder, all visitors and staff are required to wear a mask in a federal facility. Our local staff appreciate your efforts to protect them and their families.  FSA staff also continue to work with customers via phone, email and other digital tools.  To make an in-person or phone appointment, contact your local USDA FSA County office

All Service Center customers wishing to conduct business should call for an appointment. For those offices open to in-person traffic, 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 schedule an appointment, contact your local 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

  • Jan. 15 ---- Deadline to report apples and grapes to FSA.
  • Jan. 17 ---- Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday.  FSA Offices Closed.  
  • Jan. 31 ---- Deadline on 2021 LDPs for wool and unshorn lamb pelts.
  • Jan. 31 ---- 2021 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) including water hauling and hay/feed transportation. Application for Payment Deadline for timely filed 2021 ELAP notices of losses.
  • Jan. 31 ---- Deadline for the 2021 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) Application and all supporting documentation.
  • Feb. 4 ------ FSA application deadline for Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP).
  • Feb. 18 ---  2022 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) and Supplemental Dairy Margin Coverage (SDMC) election and enrollment ends.
  • Feb. 21 ---- President's Day Holiday.  FSA Offices Closed.  
  • Feb. 25 ---- Deadline to enroll in the Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program (SMHPP).
  • Mar. 1 ----- Primary Nesting Season begins.
  • Mar. 1 ----- Deadline for the 2021 Livestock Indemnity Program Application for Payment and all supporting documentation for timely filed 2021 LIP notices of livestock losses.
  • Mar. 15 --- Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) election and enrollment application deadline for 2022 crop season.
  • Mar. 15 --- Deadline to obtain 2022 NAP coverage on spring planted crops.
  • Mar. 15 --- Deadline to purchase NAP coverage for hemp. NAP will be available for 2022 to provide insurance-type coverage due to adverse weather conditions. NAP provides coverage against loss for hemp grown for fiber, grain, seed, or cannabidiol (CBD) for the 2022 crop year where no permanent federal crop insurance program is available.
  • Mar. 31 --- Final Availability for 2021 crop wheat, barley, oats, honey loans and LDPs.

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.