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.
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When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities, affected by the same disaster. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. SBA offers 3 types of loans; Home and Personal Property Loans, Business Physical Disaster Loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
Below are links to SBA's disaster news releases. For additional information about SBA, or to find a local disaster center, contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339). sba.gov/disaster.
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.
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.
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.
Nov. 4 ---- 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. 28 --- Thanksgiving Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed.
Dec. 2 ----- Last day to return voted Ballots in county committee election.
Dec. 6 ---- Deadline to sign up for the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP).
Dec. 13 --- Election period deadline for 2020 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program.
Dec. 15 --- Deadline to report the 2020 Fall Seeded Crops for fall barley, fall wheat and all other fall-seeded small grains.
Dec. 25 ---- Christmas Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed.
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.
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.
Office Hours are 8:00-4:30pm EST.
Updated Last on 10/21/19.