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FSA Loan Helps a New Generation of Dairy Farmers Say ‘Cheese’ in Southern Illinois

By Lauren Moore, FSA Public Affairs Specialist Generations of the Marcoot family have raised and milked Jersey dairy cows in southern Illinois since the mid-1800s. John Marcoot took over the operations at Marcoot Jersey Farm in 1979, starting the sixth … Continue reading

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Farm Service Agency Deputy Administrator Launches Farm Bill Effort to Improve Forest Health, Enhance Wildlife Habitat

Submitted by Brad Pfaff, FSA Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs The rural area around Jackson, Mississippi offers spectacular scenery.  Heavily wooded, it is a sportsman’s paradise, but like all beautiful places on Earth, some stewardship may be required at times. … Continue reading

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USDA Support Gives Badger State Motorists more Clean Fuel Options

Submitted by Brad Pfaff, Farm Service Agency Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs It was a pleasure to join officials in my home state of Wisconsin last month to expand upon the new era of more fuel choices for motorists. Accompanied … Continue reading

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CRP Offers New Opportunity for Small Livestock Operations

By Lauren Moore, FSA Public Affairs Specialist During a tour of Emerald Valley Farm in Newville, Pennsylvania, USDA Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor announced that the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has expanded the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands program … Continue reading

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Mapping the Ag-Nation: USDA Farm Service Agency Gets Weather-Ready

GIS Specialist Recognized for Serving as Weather-Ready Ambassador Jeffrey Bloomquist is an ambassador. He’s not stationed overseas, but does his important work from his Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) state office in St. Paul.  And while he helps farmers and … Continue reading

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In Michigan, From Small Farm to Urban Table

By Savannah Halleaux, Public Affairs Specialist, Michigan Farm Service Agency “Michigan is a real microcosm for what I see when I travel around the nation,” USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini said about the Mitten State, which boasts … Continue reading

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Beginning Farmer Evolves into Successful Vegetable Grower

  Young Producer Overcomes Limited English Proficiency By Kaylyn Franks, Idaho Farm Service Agency When some farmers talk about challenges experienced during their journey to success, they mention financial hardship or weather disasters. Once in a while, a farmer has a … Continue reading

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With Farm Service Agency Help, Alaska Producers are Working to Meet the Demand for Local Food

Submitted by Val Dolcini, Administrator, USDA Farm Service Agency As anyone who has visited the 49th State knows, Alaska is huge. It’s bigger than the next three largest states, Texas, California and Montana….combined! A land of extremes, Alaska’s rural communities … Continue reading

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FSA Administrator Cooks and Connects to FSA Programs

By Lauren Moore, FSA Public Affairs Specialist USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini recently put on an apron and joined local author, storyteller and chef Jonathan Bardzik in a lunch-hour cooking demonstration in the USDA South Building cafeteria. … Continue reading

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FSA Administrator Tours Regional Food Systems, Attends FSA Employee Conference

By Lauren Moore, Public Affairs Specialist, Office of External Affairs Following USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini’s visit to Nebraska, he headed straight to Iowa for a meet and greet with FSA employees at the Iowa State FSA … Continue reading

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