Category Archives: Features

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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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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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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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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