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Ohio State Office

State Executive Director

Mark VanHoose

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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.


Starting April 12, 2021 -- Service Centers Open to In-Person Traffic 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. 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.  


USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers

USDA is committed to delivering financial assistance to farmers, and agricultural producers who have been impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions. Through this new initiative – USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers – USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion towards new programs to reach a broad set of producers.  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative on March 24, 2021.  

Please stay tuned for additional information and announcements under the USDA Pandemic Assistance to Producers initiative, which will help to expand and more equitably distribute financial assistance to producers and farming operations during the COVID-19 national emergency. Please visit www.farmers.gov for more information on the details of this announcement.


Coronavirus Food Assistance Program - Program Update

Has your operation been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for producers of agricultural commodities marketed in 2020 who faced market disruptions due to COVID-19. This is part of a larger initiative to improve USDA pandemic assistance to producers.  USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept new and modified CFAP 2 applications beginning April 5. 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) on March 24, 2021. This is part of a larger effort to reach a greater share of farming operations and improve USDA pandemic assistance. CFAP updates include reopening of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2), additional payments for eligible cattle and row crop producers, and the processing of payments for certain applications filed as part of CFAP Additional Assistance.  You can access a full list of all eligible and ineligible commodities outlined by payment category at farmers.gov/cfap/commodities.

Visit farmers.gov/cfap for more information on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, including eligible commodities, producer eligibility, payment limitations and structure, and options to apply starting April 5.

USDA will reopen sign-up for CFAP 2 for at least 60 days beginning on April 5, 2021. Learn more about applying for CFAP 2 and other recent CFAP updates.


Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) - New Details Announced

FSA offices across the state are accepting applications for general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres. The deadline was originally Feb. 12 but has been extended. The new deadline will be announced at a later time. Recently USDA announced CRP program changes to encourage increased application to the program. To view what these changes are, please click here for the CRP Fact Sheet.  For more information on CRP, call your USDA FSA County office to schedule an appointment.

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.  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. 


USDA Delays Signup for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has postponed the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup originally planned to start mid-March. FSA will announce new signup dates in the coming weeks, as the Administration is currently evaluating the program and ways to increase enrollment.

CRP Grasslands helps producers and landowners protect grassland while enabling grazing activities to continue. Lands enrolled support grazing operations and promote plant and animal biodiversity. Lands are also protected from being developed. Timing of some activities, such as haying or mowing, may be restricted by the primary nesting season of birds.

Both CRP General Signup and CRP Grasslands programs are competitive and provide annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes.  

For more information on CRP General Signup, Continuous CRP, CREP, Grasslands or SAFE initiative's, call your local USDA FSA County office to schedule an appointment.


County FSA Offices Begin Preparations for Spring Acreage Reporting

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, 2021, 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.


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

  • May 31 --- Memorial Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed.
  • May 31 --- Deadline to apply for 2020 commodity loans and LDP's on feed grains, soybeans, pulse crops.
  • June 15 -- County Committee Nomination Period begins.
  • July 5 ----- Independence Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed.
  • 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.
  • July 15 --- Primary Nesting Season ends.

Ongoing

  • Re-opening of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) 2 as FSA will accept new and modified CFAP 2 applications. FSA will reopen sign-up for at least 60 days beginning on April 5, 2021. Sign-up deadline will be announced at a later date.
  • CRP General Signup continues, extended sign-up deadline TBD.
  • 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.

Stay Current on FSA News - Sign-up to receive free electronic news from your FSA County Office

GovDelivery is a free email service that enables FSA county offices to send you bulletins, deadline reminders, newsletters and texts instantly. For text updates, contact your FSA county office. For bulletins and newsletters via email - sign up now to receive information about program details, signup dates and deadlines. Ask about FSA's GovDelivery electronic news and text updates and how to sign-up at your FSA County Office.