USDA Farm Service Agency Announces Program Deadline Extensions
USDA’s Farm Service Agency extended deadlines on many of its programs because of the government shutdown and the emergency nature of many of the programs. Below are updated deadlines:
|January 2, 2019||Final Reporting Date for Colonies for NAP. Please note: Any acquisition/placement of colonies must be reported within 30 days|
|January 15, 2019||Final Reporting Date for Maple Sap (covered under NAP), Apples, Grapes, Peaches and Pears|
|January 15, 2019||Application deadline for Market Facilitation Program (MFP)|
|January 21, 2019||Federal Holiday - Offices Closed|
|March 15, 2019||NAP Application Deadline for most Spring-Seeded Fruits and Vegetables|
|May 31, 2019||Final Reporting Date for Nursey Crops (covered under NAP)|
|June 17, 2019||Final Reporting Date for Spring Barley, Spring Forage Seeding, Spring Oats, Rye, Triticale, Spring Wheat|
|July 15, 2019||Final Reporting Date for Corn, Soybeans, Perennial Forage, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and all other crops|
|August 15, 2019||Final Reporting Date for Beans, Cabbage|
FSA's 2014 Farm Bill website
Welcome to the Pennsylvania Farm Service Agency's home on the web. With over 7.8 million acres of farmland, 58,000 farms, and $1.9 billion in agriculture exports annually, Pennsylvania has a thriving and vibrant 'ag' industry. FSA County Offices located throughout the Commonwealth deliver a variety of congressionally authorized credit and commodity programs to all of Pennsylvania's farmers and producers. For fiscal year 2015, the Pennsylvania FSA provided over $113 million in farm assistance program and loan payments. Through the administration of these programs FSA works to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural Americans. See FSA At Work Across Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania's State Office is located in Harrisburg while our 37 County Offices serve the needs of local farmers and ranchers. Our staff work diligently in support of the FSA mission: equitably serving all farmers, ranchers and producers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. Please visit our website periodically to obtain the most up-to-date agriculture information affecting you in Pennsylvania.
Gary Groves was appointed by the Trump Administration to serve as the State Executive Director of the Pennsylvania USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in November 2017.
Groves was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Indiana. He attended the Purdue University College of Agriculture, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science.
After graduating from Purdue, Groves worked as a district manager for the Ralston-Purina company in the Purina Chow division. He went on to work in an AO Smith Harvestore dealership in Ohio, and later Pennsylvania. He then did sales and management leadership training for Sales Acceleration in Indiana. Since then, he formed his own consulting firm focusing on leadership training and recruiting. During the George W. Bush administration, Groves was appointed state director for Pennsylvania USDA Rural Development.
Groves has served on the Governor’s Rural Advisory Committee for Pennsylvania and is a past director of the Pennsylvania Draft Horse Association. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Children’s Service Center, an organization for troubled children in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Groves currently resides on a farm in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, were he breeds Belgian draft horses and raises lambs and cattle for 4-H projects for his grandchildren.
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the individuals who will serve on the Pennsylvania USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) state committee. The state committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agriculture community, and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs.
Each state committee has five members, one chairperson and four members. The individuals appointed to serve on this committee include:
Committee Chair Bonnie Wenger - Lebanon
George Greig - Linesville
Doug Graybill - Granville Summit
Barron "Boots" Hetherington - Ringtown
Bill Hoover - Tyrone
Pennsylvania State Farm Service Agency
359 East Park Drive Suite 1
Harrisburg, PA 17111-2747