June 10, 2013
Colleen Cashell, executive director of Washington County's Farm Service Agency, reminds farmers and landowners that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting its Conservation Reserve Program sign-up, which ends Friday. Cashell also announced the restart of sign-up for continuous CRP, including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, the Highly Erodible Land Initiative, the Grassland Restoration Initiative, the Pollinator Habitat Initiative and other related initiatives.
November 22, 2012
Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia reminds farmers that the County Committee elections began Nov. 5 with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is Dec. 3. Newly elected committee members and their alternates will take office Jan. 1. “The role and input of our county committee members is more vital than ever,” Garcia said. “New county committee members provide input and make important decisions on the local administration of disaster and conservation programs.
July 5, 2011
Farmer candidate nominations began June 15 for local Farm Service Agency county committees. The nomination period continues through Monday, Aug. 1, with the election taking place by mail ballot between Friday, Nov. 4, and the close of business on Monday, Dec. 5. In Washington County, the election is for Local Administrative Area 2, which is the part of the county east of Interstate 81 and north of Md. 68 running southeast from Williamsport and...
July 5, 2011
Margaret Ann Hartman, 53, of Brandywine, W.Va., passed away Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Colonial Beach, Va., as the result of a boating accident. She was born in Martinsburg, W.Va., on Nov. 1, 1957, the daughter of Conrad Edward and Barbara Ruppenthal Beard of Hagerstown, Md. On Sept. 28, 1991, Margaret married Lyle Wilson Hartman, who survives in Brandywine. She was a 1975 graduate of North Hagerstown High School and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Franklin, W.Va.
May 24, 2011
Colleen Cashell, Washington County Farm Service Agency executive director, reminds producers that June 1 is the enrollment deadline for the 2011 Direct and Counter-Cyclical program or the alternative Average Crop Revenue Election program. “Farmers who are interested in completing their annual enrollment in these programs need to add this important deadline to their list of ‘must do’ jobs,” Cashell said. “Producers should contact their local county office right now to set up appointments before the June 1 deadline.” All signatures of producers receiving a share in DCP and ACRE payments are required by the June 1 deadline.
September 21, 2010
HARRISBURG, Pa. - USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Bill Wehry announced the launch of a Conservation Loan Program that will provide farm owners and farm-related business operators access to credit to implement conservation techniques that will conserve natural resources. "This will provide farmers, who want to implement conservation measures on their lands, a chance to do so by providing assistance with their up-front costs," Wehry said. "In return, these producers will help reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and promote sustainable and organic agricultural practices.
July 10, 2007
Pa. crop insurance deadlines nearing HARRISBURG - Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said Pennsylvania farmers face two upcoming crop insurance deadlines. "This summer's dry weather, coupled with severe storms, has taken a toll on crops," Wolff said. "Farmers are encouraged to consider purchasing crop insurance. " The acreage reporting deadline is July 16 for all 2007 insured crops planted in the spring, other than small grains. Participating producers are required to file the reports with both their crop insurance agent and with their county Farm Service Agency.
July 25, 2006
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Washington and Frederick counties as contiguous counties to primary disaster areas in Pennsylvania, a local official said. As a result, farmers in Washington and Frederick counties are now eligible to apply for USDA assistance if their operations were hurt by the severe storms, mudslides and flooding that struck some areas on June 23, said Colleen Cashell, executive director of the Washington County office of the Farm Service Agency.
July 4, 2006
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania farmers have until July 17 to file acreage reports for crop insurance with their insurance agent and county Farm Service Agency, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said. "Accurate reporting is necessary to ensure that farmers receive their insurance loss claims," Wolff said. "It's also important to keep a signed acreage report for their records. " There may be differences in the report requirements for the crop insurance agent and FSA. If so, a written explanation is required when submitting the reports.
July 20, 2005
COLUMBIA, Md. - Elizabeth Anderson, executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Maryland, is warning farmers throughout the state of a potential imposter attempting to obtain personal bank account information. Anderson said the U.S. Department of Agriculture "has been notified that someone, posing as a USDA employee, contacted a producer by phone and requested bank account information. " She said, "USDA will never request such information by phone. " The agency does request bank account information from producers in order to make direct deposit payments for various programs, but these types of transactions are done on USDA forms in local FSA offices, Anderson said in a press release.