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USDA Helps Retiring Farmers Transition their Land to Beginning Farmers

Filed under: Farmland, Finances — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on June 14, 2010 at 11:17 am

The Transition Incentive Program (TIP) is a recently announced USDA program implemented by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The Program provides annual rental payments for up to two additional years after the date of the expiration of a farmer’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contract, provded the transition is not to a family member. The objective of the program is to transition expiring CRP land from a retired or retiring owner or operator to a beginning or socially disadvantaged farmer to return land to production for sustainable grazing or crop production. Enrollment in TIP is on a continuous basis and enrollment can begin one year before the expiration date of a CRP contract. For a Fact Sheet on TIP go to or visit your county’s  USDA Farm Service Agency which can be located at or call the State office at 614-255-2441.

Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV)

Filed under: Finances — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on June 13, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Tracts of land, 10 acres or larger, can qualify for CAUV if they are devoted exclusively to commercial agricultural use. Smaller farms are eleigible if the average yearly gross farm incomes for the past three years $2,500+ from agricultural products. Recent large increases in the CAUV of Ohio farmland have resulted in high property taxes for most farmland owners. Read the full article available at

Staying Connected to Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

Filed under: Finances, For Sale or Lease, Publications — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 5:48 pm

Stay in touch with information FCS makes available on low interest loans for Beginning Farmers and Ohio farmland for sale. Subscribe to their enewsletter or follow them on or become a fan on

Ohio Sheep Producer Scholarship Opportunity

Filed under: Finances — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 5:39 pm

June 30, 2010 is the scholarship application deadline. Young persons attending or ready to attend college who are sheep producers are invited to apply. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually as a memoral to Ralph H. Grimshaw. For more information call the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association at 614-246-8299 or download the application at

Stay Aware of Farm Loan Rates

Filed under: Finances — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on January 29, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America posts interest rates for Farm Land; Operations; Equipment; and Livestock, Improvements and Facilities. The rates can change daily and are quoted for loans $25,000 or greater (for smaller loans, rates are slightly higher).  If you are shopping for loans check out

On-farm Research Grant Application Available – Proposals Due February 26, 2010

Filed under: Finances — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on January 12, 2010 at 7:11 pm

The Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Endowment Fund for Sustainable Agriculture offers grants up to $5,000 (average grant is $2,000) to fund supplies, transport costs, services, and labor to conduct on-farm research related to profitability, energy efficiency, social consequences and environmental soundness of sustainable agriculture practices and production systems. The purpose of the grant is to help farmers solve problems on their own farms.  For detailed information go to or contact Megan Shoenfelt at OARDC-Wooster 330-202-3537 or

February 1, 2010 Deadline – Help Low-income Persons Access Your Nutritious Fruits and Vegetables

Filed under: Finances — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 6:20 pm

Did you know that farmers are eligible to act as vendors for the federal WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program? Since October 2009, WIC clients can receive monthly vouchers worth either $6 or $10 to purchase fruits and vegetables. Farmers can accept such vouchers anywhere they sell their products, including farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and at their farms, but first must apply through the Ohio Department of Health (this is an annual application process). To receive an application, contact Robin Ridenour (614) 644-8285 or Kadie Donahoe (614-644-7570) at the Ohio Department of Health. (This program is separate from the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, FMNP – separate regulations and application.)

Ohio Initiative for Farmers to Establish High Tunnels

Filed under: Finances — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on December 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Ohio is one site for a national pilot project to increase the availability of locally grown produce in a conservation-friendly way. The results will provide information to help farmers decide if they want to add hoop houses to their operations to help extend their growing season and add to their bottom line. High tunnels are thought to provide significant advantage to owners of small farmers, to limited-resource farmers and to organic producers.

NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) will provide financial assistance through the EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) and fund one high tunnel per farm. High tunnels in the study can cover as much as 5% of 1 acre. For more information contact a local NRCS office (go to )or call the NRCS Ohio office at 614-255-2472.

Scholarship Deadline February 26, 2010

Filed under: Finances — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on December 3, 2009 at 11:35 am

Scholarships to those pursuing degrees in agriculture are awarded each year to customer-members of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America or their children based on academic record, leadership qualities and community involvement. Farm Credit awards 36 scholarships – 18 scholarships valued at $1,500 and 18 scholarships valued at $1,000 –through this scholarship program each year.

 Farm Credit works with colleges throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee to provide scholarships to students studying agriculture. You do not need to be a member of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America to apply for one of these scholarships. For a list of universities where these scholarships are available, go to

Should You Learn about the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program?

Filed under: Finances — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on October 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

ACRE is a USDA program that guarantees prices for eligible commodities. While it is too late to enroll for 2009, there is much to be learned by reviewing National, State, and County data (program parameters, price values, revenue yield maps, county yields, and benchmark yield history). Visit See Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program/ACRE.

Farms with 10 or less base acres are not eligible for ACRE Program payments except for farms whose owners are socially disadvantaged or are limited resource farmers or ranchers.  Are you a limited resource farmer? Use the Self-determination Tool available at

A socially disadvantaged (SDA) farmer, rancher, or agricultural producer is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of his or her identity as a member of the group without regard to his or her individual qualities. SDA groups are women, African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

To review an ACRE Fact Sheet go to

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