Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Agriculture

May 18, 2012

USDA, FSA news and updates

Greensburg — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers farm commodity and conservation programs. FSA also makes loans to farmers and ranchers who are unable to obtain conventional credit.

FSA Outreach coordinates and implements agency-wide outreach activities to people, especially the underserved, who can benefit from the agency's programs and services. The goal of FSA Outreach is to increase the participation of underserved customers in its programs with special emphasis on those who are socially and economically disadvantaged, limited resource farmers and members of racial and ethnic minority groups.

To ensure maximum participation in FSA programs and services for underserved customers, FSA Outreach works with its partners and customers

to eliminate the following barriers:

All forms of discrimination including racial, ethnic, cultural and gender prejudices;

Language, communication, transportation, and FSA program requirements

and sign-up procedures;

Limited access to FSA programs in remote areas.

Underserved customers include:

1. Farmers/ranchers and landowners/operators with limited resources, minority groups (including African-Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Asian/Pacific Americans, Hispanics and Aleuts), women, and the

physically challenged who may need, but have not fully benefited from, USDA assistance;

Individuals and groups who have not participated in or have received limited benefits from FSA programs that may improve their quality of life, their community and/or the environment;

Rural and urban community members;

Members of religious minorities;

Small specialty crop farmers, organic farmers and other farmers with production practices that are different from most farmers in the area.

The responsibilities of FSA Outreach include:

Providing resources, including financial planning, to help farmers and

ranchers, especially the underserved;

Providing information on loans, farm commodities and conservation programs;

Educating farmers and ranchers on the FSA County Committee processes and encouraging participation in county elections, especially from the underserved.

Working with community-based organizations (including churches; social groups; 1862, 1890, and 1994 Land Grant Colleges and Universities; Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and; tribally controlled colleges to provide technical assistance, training, and enhanced program delivery to underserved communities, cooperatives, grower associations and other USDA agencies);

Helping customers understand USDA programs and assist in completing forms and applications;

Providing program and service information to all customers in a friendly and timely manner.

The Farm Service Agency telephone number is 812-663-8674.

Additional information about this or any other FSA programs can be found at

www.fsa.usda.gov or visit the local office at 1333 N Liberty Circle, Greensburg.

1
Text Only
Agriculture
  • Central Indiana farmland sells for $7.9M in auction MUNCIE - Tuesday's auction of approximately 833 acres of productive tillable farmland near Muncie drew a capacity crowd and resulted in the sale to an investor for $7.9 million, according to Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company, which marketed th

    April 11, 2014

  • Seminar to discuss quality forages, meat for producers WEST LAFAYETTE - Forage and livestock producers who want to learn about the role forage quality plays in meat quality can attend the Indiana Forage Council seminar. This year's seminar, Quality Forage-Quality Meat, will be held in conjunction with th

    April 11, 2014

  • AG-gb041114-Ag Day Fair pic 3- page 10 Ag Day planting seeds for future success

    GREENSBURG - The chill in the air didn't stop the fourth grade students of Decatur County from enjoying the 21st annual Ag Day Fair at the Decatur County Fairgrounds on Tuesday. More than 400 students, teachers and chaperones arrived at the fairgroun

    April 11, 2014 4 Photos

  • Indiana's USDA FSA announces sign-up date for disaster assistance INDIANAPOLIS - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Julia A. Wickard announced today that farmers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill,

    April 11, 2014

  • Survey: Grocery prices decrease statewide INDIANAPOLIS - Grocery prices are down slightly from a year ago and remain almost unchanged from last fall, according to Indiana Farm Bureau's semi-annual "market basket" survey. The average price on the 16 food items included in the informal survey

    April 11, 2014

  • ag-gb040414-Winter Market pic- page 4 Final date for Winter Farmers’ Market GREENSBURG - The last Decatur County Winter Farmers' Market will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the City Hall gymnasium. "We have extended out typical season to last an extra month because, well, why not?" said Sarah Robinson of

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • ag-gb040414-DNR release pic- page 2 How to help injured or orphaned animals How to help injured or orphaned animals

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • ag-gb040414-April Garden Calendar jpg April Garden Calendar APRIL HOME (Indoor plants and activities) Start seeds of warm-season plants, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, marigolds, zinnias and petunias, indoors for transplanting later to the garden. Harden off transplants started earlier in spring befor

    April 4, 2014 2 Photos

  • Ag Secretary announces increased opportunity for producers WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced earlier this week an increased opportunity for producers as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill. A fact sheet outlining modifications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Ag

    March 28, 2014

  • FSA celebrates National Ag Day INDIANAPOLIS - Julia A. Wickard, state executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages everyone to take a moment to appreciate Indiana's hard working farmers on March 25, National Ag Day. This year's theme is "Agriculture: 365 Sun

    March 22, 2014