November 23 – ATHENS – Arthur Tripp, state executive director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, recently visited members of Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry to discuss how the FSA is supporting agricultural growers and to provide guidance on how those growers are getting involved of the agency can work together.
“Our visit to Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry is critical to our efforts to educate producers about the FSA’s suite of resource, conservation, disaster relief and lending programs,” Tripp said. “AGL is an organization that connects agricultural leaders across the state of Georgia. It is extremely important that we have these conversations with industry leaders to increase awareness and expand on the FSA resources available.
AGL, a program from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, focuses on leadership development for participants in agriculture and forestry. AGL connects diverse groups of state and nation leaders to collaborate on issues that directly and indirectly impact the agriculture and natural resource industries of Georgia.
At this meeting with the FSA, leaders from various agricultural sectors learned more about how growers can benefit from participating in FSA programmes. FSA provides growers with a safety net through agricultural commodities and disaster relief programs, and provides growers with loans to start, expand, improve or maintain a family farm. To get started with the FSA, the first step is to contact a local FSA County Office.
During the first visit to the FSA, manufacturers should bring documents including proof of identity, proof of ownership, rental agreements and company identification status. Local FSA staff will personally visit the growers to verify documents and register their farm with the agency. Next, FSA staff will advise producers on which programs and loans are best suited to meet their operational goals.
After determining FSA programs and creditworthiness, producers are guided through the application process.
As an FSA registered farm, growers receive monthly newsletters, have access to various sources of information and are entitled to vote in elections to the FSA County Committee. In addition, agricultural producers participating in an FSA program may be nominated to run for county committee elections.
Producers can learn about all FSA programs by visiting fsa.usda.gov or by contacting their local USDA Service Center.
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