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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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Northern Cheyenne Woman Carries on Family Ranching Tradition

By Jennifer Perez Cole, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA Farm Service Agency in Montana Working cows in Muddy Creek on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana keeps Ryhal Rowland connected to the land and to her love of agriculture. Rowland, … 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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USDA Under Secretary Introduces E-15 Biofuel Pumps to Nebraska Motorists

(OMAHA, Neb.) – USDA Under Secretary Michael Scuse and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts recently visited one of the first fuel pump investments made possible through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). Thanks to the investment, Nebraska motorists can now fill their … 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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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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The McCalls Keep Ag ‘All in the Family’

By Scott Whittington, Public Affairs Specialist A lot of American families “make it work” through hard times. One family in Arkansas has seen ups and downs on their family farm with droughts, floods and other property damages. Other families may quit, … Continue reading

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