Author Archives: Farm Service Agency

South Dakota Pheasants Forever Recognized USDA Employee as Conservationist of the Year

By:  Cassie Bable, Public Affairs Specialist – USDA Farm Service Agency Meet Natalie Sattler, FSA Program Technician, Brown County, South Dakota For three decades, landowners across the U.S. have committed to being good stewards of the land by protecting natural … Continue reading

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FSA Employee in Arkansas “Irons Out” Wrinkles in Major Farm Program… Literally

Clay County Employees Go the Extra Mile to Ensure Successful Farm Program Delivery USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) employees and agricultural producers alike passed a milestone recently: the deadline for selecting the new Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss … Continue reading

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Record Harvests Bring Out the Best in FSA’s Grain Storage Oversight

While providing grain farmers with loans and safety-net programs is an important function at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency’s role in protecting the nation’s food supply does not stop when farmers deliver their harvest to the market. … Continue reading

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FSA Administrator Urges ARC/PLC Decisions at Commodity Classic

Phoenix, AZ – USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini took an important message to one the largest gatherings of agricultural stakeholders in the nation, the recent 20th Annual Commodity Classic. He met with corn, soybean and wheat growers to … Continue reading

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A New Partnership Prepares Farmers for Complex Decisions

An important new partnership is preparing agricultural producers for decisions that need to be made soon so farmers can participate in safety-net programs that were created by the 2014 Farm Bill. Congress gave USDA and the Cooperative Extension System a … Continue reading

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Microloan Puts Rancher on Profitable Path

By Harriet Man, Senior Loan Officer, Arizona Farm Service Agency Sam T. Begay was looking for ways to improve his cattle herd production. He needed to change his breeding program by adding Angus bulls, which ultimately would improve his marketability. … Continue reading

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Pitching Aquaculture and Microloans Is a Marine Veteran’s New Mission

Raising clams has always been a part of Michael McCarthy’s life — until Sept. 11, 2001. “That was my motivation,” said McCarthy, who was working with the New York/New Jersey Harbor relay program, purging and harvesting clams, when terrorists crashed … Continue reading

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Deep in the Heart of Texas

By Brenda Carlson, Public Affairs Specialist, FSA While in Texas for a national Farm Bill training for 300 Farm Service Agency (FSA) employees, FSA Administrator Val Dolcini ventured into the countryside to visit with farmers and ranchers in the Lone … Continue reading

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Commodity Credit Corporation Releases Lending Rates for January 2015

The USDA Commodity Credit Corporation, which helps stabilize, support and protect farm income and prices, released interest rates for January 2015. The borrowing rate-based charge is 0.125, which is unchanged from December 2014, while the 1996 and subsequent crop year … Continue reading

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FSA Announces New Yield Data for Safety Net Calculations

New information is available to producers to update program payment yields to help them better select protection offered by the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. “The Farm Bill provided landowners with the option of updating … Continue reading

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