Stories tagged with: Farm Service Agency

July 27, 2012 - 5:31pm
1 year 51 weeks ago

The drought has hit the farmers hard and now consumers will feel the pain.

The lack of rain and intense heat has impacted all types of farming. Grain farmers will be able to sell their crop at a high price but this has a negative effect on those who raise livestock.

"You have to feed those animals that high-priced grain and we're hit double in this area because a lot of our pasture is not producing. If you're not mowing your lawn, there's nothing for the animals to eat in...

April 26, 2011 - 11:32am
3 years 12 weeks ago

Seven inches of rain in Muskingum County has farmers facing soggy fields.

In Muskingum and Morgan Counties over 12-hundred acres of oats went all but unplanted due to wet weather. The Farm Service Agency's Bill Huston said that farmers have 15 days from Tuesday to make a claim in order to receive help from federal programs. While Huston said it's not time to panic the concern turns to getting corn in the ground.

"The good thing about agriculture anymore is that our equipment...

April 4, 2011 - 2:03pm
3 years 15 weeks ago

Possible budget cuts at the federal level is leaving one local agency concerned over funding for area farmers.

Executive Director Bill Huston with the Farm Service Agency at the Muskingum- Morgan County Office said they have already seen several changes including a three year pay and hiring freeze. He said this will certainly affect service in the community.

"You get tired of hearing do more with less because there's becomes a point where you're doing less with less and...

October 5, 2010 - 7:44pm
3 years 41 weeks ago

The US Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency is declaring several counties in Southeastern Ohio as natural disaster areas for 2010.

It means that disaster weather events, such as the late frost in May, the flooding in late May-early June-and summer's heat and drought have greatly affected farmers. It also means at least one crop yielded a 30% loss.

This declaration will allow farmers to get a necessary emergency loan.

"They can pay off their line of credit....

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