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West Virginia State Office

State Executive Director

John D. Perdue

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State Office Address

1550 Earl L Core Rd.
Morgantown, WV 26505
(304) 284-4800
(855) 854-3076

Welcome to West Virginia Farm Service Agency

Our primary mission at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is to assist West Virginia farmers and ranchers secure the greatest possible benefit from programs administered by FSA such as farm loans, commodity price support, disaster relief, conservation, or other available resources. The hard-working men and women of West Virginia's 23 FSA offices are at the forefront of our efforts and remain the primary contact for program participation. We encourage you to speak with the staff at your local FSA office on how we can be of service. Visit farmers.gov for important national updates and resources. The state website features the monthly newsletter, online data resources, and can help you locate your local FSA Service Center. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you.

Best Wishes,
John Perdue
State Executive Director


Beginning Farmer & Rancher Resources

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

West Virginia's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coordinator is Matt Taylor. Matt.Taylor@usda.gov


Inflation Reduction Act Section 22007 – Discrimination Financial Assistance Program

The Discrimination Financial Assistance Program is a new program, authorized by Section 22007(e) of the Inflation Reduction Act, that will provide financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs prior to 2021.

Details about the program, including an application and e-filing portal, are available at 22007apply.gov. Applicants can also call the free call center at 1-800-721-0970

Filing an application is FREE and does not require a lawyer. The application period is open and runs through January 13, 2024.



Reminder of Inflation Reduction Act Assistance for Qualifying Direct Farm Loan Programs Borrowers

FSA borrowers who have concerns about making their upcoming direct FSA loan installment payment or who have already missed a recent installment payment may be eligible for assistance with cash flow concerns. Borrowers can contact their local FSA office or the FSA Call Center at 877-508-8364 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET to inquire about eligibility.


Are you interested in a Farm Loan through USDA Farm Service Agency?

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. FSA launched a new online tool to help farmers and ranchers better navigate the farm loan application process. This uniform application process will help to ensure all farm loan applicants receive equal support and have a consistent customer experience with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) regardless of their individual circumstances.  Farmers can also access the Loan Assistance Tool by visiting farmers.gov/farm-loan-assistance-tool and clicking the ‘Get Started’ button. From here they can follow the prompts to complete the Eligibility Self-Assessment and start the farm loan journey.

Visit our Farm Loan page, to learn more about our types of loans.

Farm Loan Current Interest Rates

 

Sign-up to receive free electronic news from your FSA County Office

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 West Virginia County FSA office.  



West Virginia FSA Program Key Dates

USDA in West Virginia reminds agricultural producers of important Farm Service Agency (FSA) program dates. Contact your local service center to apply and with any questions. Visit online at farmers.gov and fsa.usda.gov/wv.

  • Oct, 16, 2023: Deadline to Apply for Milk Loss Program


    Oct. 31, 2023: Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) signup is open now until October 31, 2023. You can read the News Release to learn more about OCCSP.

    Nov. 1: Last day of 2023 CRP Summer/Fall Non-Emergency Grazing Period (prior approval required)

    Early November: 2023 County Committee Election Ballots to be Mailed to Voters

    Nov 15: 2023 Acreage Reporting Deadline for Apiculture, Fall Wheat (Hard Red Winter), and all other Fall Seeded Small Grains. Please note that this is the final date that FSA can accept late-filed 2022 reports for these crops.

    Nov. 20: Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) Coverage Deadline for perennial fruits and vegetables including strawberries, asparagus, apples, peaches, etc.

    Dec. 4: Voted FSA County Committee Election Ballots to be returned to the FSA County Office or post-marked. 

    Dec. 31: 2023 NAP Application for Coverage Deadline for Honey

    Jan. 13, 2024: Deadline to apply for Inflation Reduction Act Section 22007 – Discrimination Financial Assistance Program

    ELAP notice of loss must be filed within 30 days of when loss is apparent for livestock and farm-raised fish losses. 

    ELAP notice of loss must be filed within 15 days of when loss is apparent for honeybee losses. 

    *Note for ELAP Notice of Loss- If you are hauling feed/livestock/water due to a qualifying drought during the 2023 grazing period, a new NOL is required - even if you already submitted a NOL prior to the 2023 grazing period. 

    LIP notice of loss must be filed within 30 days of when the loss is apparent.

    For more information, contact your local FSA office and/or visit www.farmers.gov.