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120 posts categorized "Regional Posts"

FSA State Director Dick Rush donned a blue panther suite at Owyhee Elementary School to promote Farm to School Program.  

Story by Joseph Claverie, California FSA
Photos by Candy Moore, Idaho FSA

This month the Farm Service Agency showcased its versatile talent as Idaho FSA State Director Dick Rush entertained students at Owyhee Harbor Elementary school by climbing into a blue panther suit.

"This isn’t my usual attire for work, but the cause justifies the means,” explained Rush. Disguised as the Power Panther and with a large grin, the executive leader informed children that eating a healthy breakfast is important. The Power Panther’s motto is “Eat Smart, Play Hard.”

Continue reading "Panther Spotted at Idaho School Purrrmoting Healthy Eating" »

Nearly 6,000 producers and cattle industry representatives attended the 2011 National Cattlemen's Beef Association Convention in Denver. Colo. to glean the most up-to-date information pertaining to the complex industry that is livestock production.

By Brenda Carlson, regional public affairs specialist, USDA-Farm Service Agency

As most of the U.S. was rocked by record-setting winter storms, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) was on hand at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) annual conference in Denver, Colo. to inform livestock producers of available disaster assistance programs.


Gone are the days when federal disaster assistance for livestock producers required an act of Congress — literally.  With passage of the 2008 Farm Bill, several permanent disaster assistance programs were enacted meaning USDA could be immediately responsive to the needs of producers suffering livestock and forage losses.

Continue reading "FSA Has Timely Presence at Cattlemen’s Convention" »

Officials in Wisconsin are investigating the death of 200 cows found on a Portage County farm. The owner of the cows said he was working with a local veterinarian who suspects that bovine rhinotracheitis or bovine virus diarrhea could have caused the mass deaths. No quarantine has been issued for the farm because there is no threat to humans, according to the Portage County Sherriff’s Department. Further tests are being conducted to determine the cause of the deaths. (Wausau Daily Herald). Read more.

Oregon FSA members welcomed Japanese visitors who came to learn about the Geographical Information Systems. From l to r: Kent Willett, FSA GIS specialist; Hiroaki Shima, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tokyo, Japan; Lynn Voigt, FSA Oregon state executive director; Ikeda Ryuki, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tokyo, Japan.

Members of the Consulate-General of Japan and the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture met with the Oregon Farm Service Agency on Thursday to learn how USDA uses Geographical Information Systems (GIS) data to assist with program compliance.

“They were interested in knowing how our organizational structure and administrative processes help assure integrity in processing Farm Program payments,” said Lynn Voigt, state executive director, Oregon Farm Service Agency.

Continue reading "Japanese Officials Take GIS Lesson from Oregon FSA" »

On a recent December day, Earl and Clarisse Snell, of Skipperville, Ala., proudly showed off the summer squash and tomatoes they were still growing at the start of winter thanks to the seasonal high tunnel they built earlier in the year. Also called hoop houses, seasonal high tunnels look a lot like greenhouses but require no artificial energy source — all they need is natural sunlight to grow vegetables, fruits, and other crops. (USDA blog) Read more. 

For 45 years Jay Gould served local farmers and ranchers. Last month, the 71-year-old retired from the Decatur, Ind., Farm Service Agency, where he helped service more than 1,600 producers in the area. For Gould, it was part of his job, much like his military experience with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division that led him to help in major domestic and international events. (Dacatur Daily Democrat) Read more.

Texas FSA state office employees sponsored six families from Snook, TX. Food, toys and clothing were donated to make the holidays better for these families.


The Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) shared their holiday spirit by making Christmas special for six struggling families in Snook, a small, rural city in Texas.


Each year, the FSA holiday committee organizes a charitable activity in which state office employees can voluntarily participate. Last year employees donated toys and food to local organizations. This year the committee decided to sponsor six families and provide them with food and toys.

Continue reading "Texas FSA Brings Holiday Cheer to Six Needy Families" »

Jonnalee Henderson is proof that great things do come in small packages.

In her short 28 years, Jonnalee has achieved great success. From serving as an officer with the Future Farmers of America at the California state and national levels, to direct marketing peaches from a shared four-acre operation, to her recent accomplishment as a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, Jonnalee has accomplished a lot.

Continue reading "FSA Loan + Youthful Persistence = Dream Realized" »

Grayson County FSA staff delivered more than 7,100 tons of food to those in need. Pictured from l to r: James Thomason, Molly Terry, Barbara Meredith, Sandra Childress and Meghan Edwards.


More than 7,100 pounds of non-perishable food was collected and delivered to a Kentucky food bank last month as part of the Grayson County USDA Harvest of the Heart Food Drive.


USDA Farm Service Agency along with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Grayson County Conservation District and Rural Development, partnered with about 23 community churches and CoreMark International for the 14th annual food drive.


All proceeds were delivered to the Community Food Pantry, which serves more than 900 Grayson County families each month.  The annual food drive is one of the significant efforts to replenish the shelves at the food pantry.

      by Winnie Breeding, public affairs specialist, KY FSA

Dairy farmer Luke Brubaker has managed risks well enough to establish a long history of successful and environmentally friendly farming. At age 67, however, he recognizes that now is the riskiest time he has seen.

“Our costs to produce corn are now about as high as our gross revenue per acre was just three or four years ago,” said Brubaker. ”The price of corn has doubled, but so have the costs. Our net profit is about the same as it was.” (USDA Blog).

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