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Ohio State Office

State Executive Director

John Patterson

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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.

Learn more about FSA with a quick video introduction.


Subscribe to our Updates

Would you like monthly Ohio FSA News delivered to your email or local time-sensitive Text Alerts instantly on your mobile device?

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.  
  


The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is hiring for Full-Time Permanent County Program Technician positions across Ohio.

The Adams County, West Union, Ohio; and the Trumbull County, Cortland, Ohio FSA offices are looking for a dedicated and talented individual to assist in our mission of partnering with American farmers and producers to attain an economically and environmentally sound future for American agriculture.

These are full-time, permanent positions and a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in working with the agricultural community to assist farmers and landowners.  These positions also offer several opportunities for advancement within the agency.  FSA employees administer farm commodity, disaster, and conservation programs for farmers and makes and guarantees farm emergency, ownership, and operating loans through a network of State and county offices. 

The County Program Technician works directly with farmers and landowners.  This position is responsible for carrying out office activities and functions pertaining to the program areas administered by FSA.  Various types of computer systems are utilized to maintain producer data and process program forms and information.  Basic requirements include general office clerical work, record keeping, computer skills, organizational skills, and good public relations skills.

FSA is seeking candidates with farming experience and/or knowledge to perform work in support of Ohio agriculture and farmers.  This position offers benefits, including health insurance that can be carried into retirement, 401(k) plan, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, and flexible work schedules. 

Individuals who are interested in applying for these job opportunities will apply online through USAJOBS website at www.usajobs.gov.  Applicants will enter the appropriate job announcement number below into the keyword search or click on the link below to complete and submit your application. 

The Adams County Program Technician vacancy is being advertised under Job Announcement Number: FSACO-11641008-22-OH-CF.  This announcement is open until September 19, 2022.  Apply by visiting this link, USAJOBS - Job Announcement, https://www.usajobs.gov/job/675914000.  

The Trumbull County Program Technician vacancy is being advertised under Job Announcement Number: FSACO-11641008-22-OH-CF.  This announcement is open until September 19, 2022.  Apply by visiting this link, USAJOBS - Job Announcement, https://www.usajobs.gov/job/675914000.  

Applicants interested in learning more about these positions should establish a user profile through www.usajobs.gov.  Profiles offer the opportunity for interested individuals to search for positions by location and/or job titles, upload searchable resumes, and receive automated vacancy announcement updates. 

Questions? Please contact the Ohio FSA State Office at (614) 255-2522.


Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities

USDA recently announced it is investing up to $2.8 billion in 70 selected projects under the first pool of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities funding opportunity. Projects from the second funding pool will be announced later this year.

Learn more at: usda.gov/climate-smart-commodities.


USDA Provides Emergency Relief Program (ERP) Assistance to Commodity and Specialty Crop Producers Impacted by 2020 and 2021 Natural Disasters

The Emergency Relief Program (ERP) provides payments to producers to offset some of the financial impacts of natural disasters in 2020 and 2021.  ERP covers losses to crops, trees, bushes and vines due to a qualifying natural disaster event in calendar years 2020 and 2021. For impacted producers, FSA will be administering emergency relief to row crop and specialty crop producers through the following two-phased process:

  • Phase 1 will leverage existing, Federal Crop Insurance or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) data as the basis for calculating initial payments.

  • Phase 2 will be intended to fill additional assistance gaps and cover eligible producers who did not participate in existing risk management programs.

The USDA recently announced that it will indefinitely extend the deadline for producers to return the pre-filled applications for Phase One of the Emergency Relief Program (ERP). A new deadline will be announced after the last Phase One applications are mailed and provide at least 30 days following the mailing.  

Continuing to build on the initial mailing of pre-filled applications in May, the Department will continue using existing information in USDA and crop insurance files to send additional pre-filled applications starting this week for potentially eligible Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) participants. Once applications from eligible NAP producers are returned, these producers are expected to receive about $105 million in ERP payments for eligible losses from 2020 and 2021 disasters.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now mailing pre-filled applications to NAP producers through ERP to offset crop yield and value losses. To receive a relief payment, producers should complete and return the applications by announced deadlines.  

For more information on ERP eligibility, producers can visit FSA’s Emergency Relief webpage, ERP program fact sheet or contact their County FSA office


CRP Continuous Enrollment Signup Continues

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. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length. 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.

Under continuous CRP signup, environmentally sensitive land devoted to certain conservation practices can be enrolled in CRP at any time. Offers are automatically accepted provided the land and producer meet certain eligibility requirements and the enrollment levels do not exceed the statutory cap. Unlike CRP enrollments under general CRP signups or CRP Grasslands, offers for continuous enrollment are not subject to competitive bidding during specific periods. To find your office contact information, visit USDA FSA County office


USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Costs of Organic, Transitioning Producers

Agricultural producers and handlers who are certified organic, along with producers and handlers who are transitioning to organic production, can now apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) and Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP), which help producers and handlers cover the cost of organic certification, along with other related expenses. Applications for OTECP and OCCSP are both due October 31, 2022

How to Apply 

To apply, producers and handlers should contact their USDA FSA County office.  As part of completing the OCCSP applications, producers and handlers will need to provide documentation of their organic certification and eligible expenses. Organic producers and handlers may also apply for OCCSP through participating State agencies.   

Additional details can be found on the OTECP and OCCSP webpages. 


COVID-19 and FSA: All Service Centers Open to In-Person Traffic

All USDA Service Centers in Ohio are open to in-person, walk-in traffic. Appointments are no longer required, although they are still encouraged when possible so staff can be most effective with your time. In addition, Service Center staff in all offices will continue to offer customers options for service using virtual/online meetings, email and other digital tools, as appropriate.

Local office status could return to "by appointment only," depending on weekly COVID case information. Call your local office for additional information. To find your office contact information, visit 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

  • September 30 -- Deadline to obtain 2022 NAP coverage for Winter Wheat, Rye, Barley and Speltz.
  • October 10 ----- Columbus Day Holiday.  USDA Service Center are Closed.   
  • October 31 ------ FSA deadline for applications to the Organic Certification Cost Share Program and the Organic and Transitional Education Certification Program.
  • November 7 ---- County committee ballots mailed to voters.
  • November 11 --- Veterans Day Holiday.  USDA Service Center is Closed.
  • November 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.
  • November 24 --- Thanksgiving Day Holiday.  USDA Service Center is Closed.
  • December 5 ----- Last day to return voted Ballots in county committee election.
  • ERP Phase 1: Deadline TBA: The deadline for producers to return the pre-filled applications for Phase One of the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) has been extended. A new deadline will be announced after the last Phase One applications are mailed and provide at least 30 days following the mailing.  

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.