January 30, 2017

What is the role of the Farm Service Agency?

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that serves all farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. The agency provides America’s farmers with a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs. FSA’s longstanding tradition of conserving the nation’s natural resources continues through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The agency provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit, including special emphasis on beginning, minority and women farmers and ranchers, and purchases and delivers commodities for use in international humanitarian food programs.

FSA programs include:

Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) crop insurance programs

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans

Conservation Loan Program

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

Dairy Indemnity Payment Program

Direct Farm Ownership and Operating Loans

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)

Emergency Loan Program

Farm Storage Facility Loans

Foreign Food Assistance

Livestock Forage Disaster Program

Margin Protection Program for Dairy

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

Tree Assistance Program

United States Warehouse Act

Youth Loans

FSA Programs Fact Sheet

For a full list of programs and descriptions, visit www.kyfoodandfarm.com.

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