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.

Current News and Information

USDA’s Farm Service Agency extended deadlines on many of its programs because of the government shutdown and emergency nature of programs. For inquiries related to these programs or any not listed below, please contact your County FSA office. Below are the updated deadlines:

Feb. 14NEW -- Market Facilitation Program Deadline.
Feb. 14NEW -- Acreage Reporting Deadline for honey, apples, grapes & maple sap.
Feb. 14NEW -- Notice of Loss Due for Emergency Assistance Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program.
Feb. 14

NEW -- Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

  • Submitting 2019 application for coverage due Feb. 14, 2019.
  • Notice of loss for 72-hour harvest and grazing (as applicable) due Feb. 14, 2019.
  • Notice of loss for prevented planting and failed acres due Feb. 14, 2019.
  • Applications for payment for 2018 covered losses due Feb. 14, 2019.
Feb. 14NEW -- Notice of Loss Due for Tree Assistance Program.
Feb. 14NEW -- Notice of Loss Due for Livestock Indemnity Program.
Feb. 14NEW -- Performance reporting Due for the Emergency Conservation Program.
Feb. 14New -- Marketing Assistance Loans -- If loan matured in December 2018, settlement date extended to Feb. 14, 2019.
Feb. 28New -- Marketing Assistance Loans -- Loan Deficiency Payments - loan availability date.
Feb. 28New -- Livestock Forage Program -- 2018 application for payment due.

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
  • Feb. 18 ---- George Washington's Birthday. 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.

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.
Email us

Updated Last on 2/12/19.