Category Archives: Atop the Fence Post

Farm Service Agency Tree Assistance Program Provides Aid to Florida Citrus Growers Combatting Greening

By Lauren Moore, FSA Public Affairs Specialist Adversity isn’t a stranger to Florida citrus growers. Throughout Florida’s history of citrus production, producers have dealt with damages left in the wake of multiple hurricanes and freezes. Larry Black is a fifth-generation citrus … Continue reading

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FSA Helps “Berries by Bill” Bring Local Produce to Arkansas Schools

By Jason Floriani, Arkansas FSA Farm Loan Officer Bill Landreth, owner of Berries by Bill, Inc., has a u-pick strawberry patch and grows a variety of fresh produce sold on his farm and at local farmer’s markets. He can also … Continue reading

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Family Fruit and Vegetable Grower Depends on USDA Natural Disaster Safety Net for Long Term Success

  by Savannah Halleaux, Public Affairs & Outreach Coordinator, Michigan FSA  At Corey Lake Orchards in Three Rivers, Michigan, (South of Kalamazoo) springtime means the strawberry beds are prepped, trees in the orchard are budding, grape pruning is done and … Continue reading

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Farm Service Agency Youth Loan Program Helps Georgia FFA Member Achieve Her Dream

by Lauren Moore, FSA Public Affairs Specialist Elizabeth “Lizzi” Neal’s passion for farming can be credited to her middle school agriculture teacher and a pig named Marmaduke. Neal purchased Marmaduke, a crossbred market barrow, as her first show animal when … Continue reading

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FSA Program Supports Ethanol Production, Improves Iowa Farmer’s Bottom Line

By Kelly Novak, FSA Energy Programs Manager There’s an old saying that when a farmer raises a hog the only part that isn’t used is the squeal. In Ringsted, Iowa, Jay and Roslyn Gunderson raise hogs, along with soybeans and … Continue reading

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Farm Loan Deputy Administrator Talks Farm Credit at 2017 Ag Outlook Forum

By Wayne Maloney, Farm Service Agency Credit is the lifeblood of agriculture, and a top USDA loan official talked about the importance of the Farm Service Agency to a large audience of lenders, crop insurance professionals, journalists and producers at … Continue reading

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Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service Officials Ask for Your Help in Controlling Palmer amaranth

By Chris Beyerhelm, Acting Administrator, Farm Service Agency and Leonard Jordan, Acting Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service USDA has learned that Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri), an invasive weed, may have infested some newly-seeded (2016) conservation plantings across the upper Midwest. … Continue reading

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USDA Microloans Fund Nine New Farmers in New York City

FSA Administrator Val Dolcini Makes Urban Farm Visits By Lynnette Wright, Public Affairs Specialist, New York Farm Service Agency The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and New York State Executive Director, James Barber, … Continue reading

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Message from the Administrator

FSA Issues Fiscal Year 2016 Impacts Report The New Year affords us the opportunity to take stock of last year’s achievements, reflect on accomplishments, changes in our lives, and plan for the opportunities ahead. It’s also a good time to review … Continue reading

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CRP Change Could Help New Farmers

By Gene Lucht, Missouri Farmer Today Link to article in Missouri Farmer Today: http://www.missourifarmertoday.com/news/crop/crp-change-could-help-new-farmers/article_da9d79cc-d29a-11e6-b1f0-9b4d6432a9f8.html CARLISLE, Iowa — Beginning farmers will see increased opportunities to buy or rent farmland through a change in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rules announced last week. … Continue reading

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