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1 Benefits of USDA Programs Mr. Dwight Guy, Mr. Phil Estes, Mr. Kenneth Hitch, and Mr. Wil Hundl USDA

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7 You are here: FSA Home / About FSA All FSA Information For... The Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers and manages farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster and loan programs as laid out by Congress through a network of federal, state and county offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of the agricultural industry and to help farmers adjust production to meet demand. Economically, the desired result of these programs is a steady price range for agricultural commodities for both farmers and consumers. In the Eisenhower administration, the Congress split the functions of the Triple A committees, creating the state and county office system to take care of administrative functions and kept the farmer county committee to oversee implementation of federal programs in their county. State and county offices directly administer FSA programs. These offices certify farmers for farm programs and pay out farm subsidies and disaster payments. Currently, there are 2,346 FSA county offices in the continental states. FSA also has offices in Hawaii, and a few American territories. More than 8,000 farmer county committee members serve in FSA county offices nationwide. Committee members are the local authorities responsible for fairly and equitably resolving local issues while remaining dually and directly accountable to the Secretary of Agriculture and local producers though the elective process. They operate within official regulations designed to carry out Federal laws and provide a necessary and important voice in Federal decisions affecting their counties and communities. Committee members make decisions affecting which FSA programs are implemented county-wide, the establishment of allotment and yields, commodity price support loans and payments, conservation programs, incentive, indemnity, and disaster payments for commodities, and other farm disaster assistance. Structure and Organization FSA Biographies History and Mission Budget and Performance Management Human Resources Customer Perspectives To view PDF files you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. To view Flash files you must have Macromedia Flash Player installed on your computer. Structure & Organization Provides contact information as well as a listing of the programs and offices that make up the Farm Service Agency. FSA Biographies Includes biographies of the Farm Service Agency leadership. History & Mission Provides a history of the agency and describes its vision and mission. Budget & Performance Includes information about the budget, the strategic plan, and efforts to ensure that activities are managed efficiently

8 You are here: FSA Home / Farm Loan Programs All FSA Information For... FSA makes direct and guaranteed farm ownership (FO) and operating loans (OL) to family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank, Farm Credit System institution, or other lender. FSA loans can be used to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed, and supplies. Our loans can also be used to construct buildings or make farm improvements. See our loan information chart which describes maximum loan amounts, rates, term, and use of proceeds. Many FSA loan application forms are available on our website! We also encourage you to contact your local office or USDA Service Center to learn more about our programs and the information you will need for a complete application. Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans Direct Farm Loans Emergency Farm Loans Funding Guaranteed Farm Loans Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Loans FSA loans are often provided to beginning farmers who cannot qualify for conventional loans because they have insufficient financial resources. FSA also helps established farmers who have suffered financial setbacks from natural disasters, or whose resources are too limited to maintain profitable farming operations. Last Modified: 10/09/2007 Find Farm Loan Program Notices Find Real Estate for Sale To view PDF files you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. To view Flash files you must have Macromedia Flash Player installed on your computer. FSA Home USDA.gov Common Questions Site Map Policies and Links FOIA Accessibility Statement Privacy Policy Nondiscrimination Statement Information Quality USA.gov White House /24/2008 2:36 PM

9 Kenneth Hitch USDA/NRCS Programs Available Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) Agriculture Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) Environmental Quality Incentives Program Organic Initiative Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP2008)

10 Program Characteristics Voluntary participation. Program funds dedicated to historically underserved groups. Historically Underserved payment rates. Ranking tools are size neutral. EQIP EQIP is implemented at the county and state level. Local resource concerns are identified and addressed through the locally led process. Base Funding Local Emphasis Areas

11 EQIP Multi-County or statewide concerns are also addressed. Historically Underserved Funding Irrigation Water Conservation Lagoon Closures No-Till LEAs Organic Initiative Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative Quail Habitat Restoration Initiative AFO/CAFO Animal Waste Management Ag Energy Initiative Oil Spill Prevention and Containment Initiative Forestry LEAs Review of 2010 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Practices With the Highest Obligation Rates for 2010 Practice $ Obligated 314 Brush Management $3,015, Residue management No-Till $2,647,604 $20,151,396 were obligated in 1,138 contracts Historically underserved participants accounted for 25% of those contracts. 382 Fence $1,908, Pond $1,039, Irrigation - Sprinkler $1,010, Nutrient Management $983, Pasture and Hay Planting $890, Pest Management $657, Grade Stabilization Structure $570, Microirrigation System $452,

12 WHIP WHIP is implemented at the State level. Applications are ranked and evaluated based on National and State Priorities. Applicants compete for funds against applications for similar habitat types. Financial assistance for enhancement and maintenance of wildlife habitat. Review of 2010 Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) 47 contracts were written impacting wildlife habitat on over 12,400 acres. Total obligations were $559, % of these funds were allocated to Historically Underserved Applicants. An additional $102,000 was available through the LEPC Initiative to restore habitat for this candidate species. WHIP Acres Contracted in FY

13 CSP Conservation Stewardship Program 2008 Farm Bill. Nationwide continuous signup. 5 year contracts. Average payment for sign-up was $14/acre/year. Currently taking applications for 2012 sign-up. CSP 5 geographic areas in agricultural lands and statewide NIPF, each with unique resource concerns. Operators are eligible, must meet at least one resource concern at application and one additional priority concern by end of contract. Must document control throughout the contract. Applications ranked on information provided by producer. Preapproved applications will be field verified. 5 year contract w/additional enhancement activities

14 Geographic areas for Oklahoma Ag Lands in CSP Sign-up. AWEP Conservation of surface and ground water and improve water quality on agricultural lands. Eligible partners will enter into multi-year agreements with NRCS Oklahoma has two areas totaling $739,581 for

15 EQIP Organic Initiative Assistance for practices related to organic production. Applicants must develop and carry out an Organic System Plan (OSP) or carry out practices in a manner consistent with development of an OSP. Must be certified as organic, organic transitional, or certification Exempt. Assistance limited to $20,000 per year and $80,000 during 6 year period. Activities must be related to a resource concern. Not intended for production. Participants must be in compliance with Organic Food Production Act of Questions The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C or call (800) (voice) or (202) (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer

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