Welcome to the USDA Ohio Farm Service Agency Website

Agriculture in Ohio is a major industry. One in eight Ohioans are employed in the food and agriculture industry which contributes over $124 billion to the state's economic growth. Ohio's top commodities include: soybeans, corn, tomatoes, swiss cheese and egg production.

Ohio FSA and OSU Extension Service Host Farm Bill Education Meetings

The Ohio State University Extension Service and FSA County offices are planning a series of 2018 Farm Bill education meetings across the state. All producers are invited to attend these informational meetings, which are designed to provide important information to assist producers as they begin to make farm-bill related program decisions.

The 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law last December, reauthorized the existing Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill, however producers will need to make new program enrollment decisions over the coming months. Additional details about these meetings can be found on Ohio FSA’s State Events webpage or the Ohio State Extension Service website. The meetings are scheduled from November through early February in advance of the coming ARC/PLC enrollment deadlines in 2020.

There also are resources available online that can assist producers in their ARC/PLC decision-making process. Links to these resources are available from FSA at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/arcplc_program/index.

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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
  • Feb. 17 ---- President's Day Holiday. FSA Offices Closed. 
  • Feb. 28 ---- Deadline to sign-up for General CRP.
  • Mar. 1 ----- Primary Nesting Season begins. 
  • Mar. 16 --- Deadline to obtain 2020 NAP coverage on spring planted crops.
  • Mar. 16 --- Deadline to purchase NAP coverage for hemp. NAP will be available for 2020 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 2020 crop year where no permanent federal crop insurance program is available.
  • Mar. 16 --- ARC/PLC signup deadline for the 2019 Program Election and Enrollment Closes. Producers who fail to elect either Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) by March 15, 2020 will NOT receive a 2019 payment and their 2020 election will default to the prior farm bill election.
  • Mar. 16 --- CRP Grasslands Signup Starts.
  • Mar. 31 --- Final Availability for 2019 crop wheat, barley, oats, honey loans and LDPs.    
  • 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 2/13/20.