Ohio

Welcome to the USDA Ohio Farm Service Agency Website

Agriculture in Ohio is a major industry. One in seven Ohioans are employed in the food and agriculture industry which contributes over $98 billion to the state's economic growth. Ohio's top commodities include: soybeans, corn, wheat, tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, Swiss cheese and egg production.


Ohio FSA County Offices Now Accepting Nominations for County Committee Positions

The nomination period for FSA County Committee positions runs now through Aug. 1, 2019. County committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between agricultural communities across the country and USDA. Committees make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. Their input is vital on how FSA carries out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Each FSA county office in Ohio will hold a County Committee election this season. To learn more about what County FSA Committees do and how you can become active in your local committee, please contact your County FSA office.  For more information on FSA county committees, visit fsa.usda.gov/elections.

Important Election Deadlines:

  • June 14 - Nomination period begins. Request nomination forms from any local USDA Service Center or obtain online at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections
  • August 1 - Last day to file nomination forms at the local USDA Service Center
  • November 4 - Ballots mailed to eligible voters
  • December 2 -  Last day to return voted ballots to the USDA Service Center
  • January 1, 2020 - Newly-elected county committee members take office

Current News and Information

For More News...
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
  • June 3 ---- Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Continuous Signup reopens.

  • June 14 -- County Committee Nomination Period begins.

  • June 17 -- Dairy Margin Coverage Program signup begins.

  • July 4 ----- 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.

  • Aug. 1 ---- Last day to file County Committee Nomination forms.

  • Aug. 23 --- 2019 CRP Transition Incentives Program (TIP) Enrollment application deadline.

  • Aug. 23 --- 2019 CRP Continuous Enrollment signup and Lake Erie CREP signup deadline.

  • Aug. 31 --- Deadline to obtain 2020 NAP coverage for Aquaculture, Christmas trees, Floriculture, Ginseng, Mushrooms, Turf grass Sod and Watercress.

  • Sept. 2 ---- Labor Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed.

  • Sept. 4 ---- Deadline to obtain 2020 NAP coverage for Nursery and Ornamental Nursery.

  • Sept. 30 --- Deadline to obtain 2020 NAP coverage for Winter Wheat, Rye, Barley and Speltz.

Ongoing
  • 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 6/25/19.