Issues Fiscal Year 2015 Impacts Report
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[February 08, 2016]
2015 marks the 20th anniversary of USDA’s Farm Service
Agency, but FSA’s roots date back nearly 80 years, to the days of
the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, when the rural economy was
in crisis and America’s farmers and ranchers needed assistance. At
that time, Congress empowered USDA to provide a strong safety-net
for farm families, helping them navigate the unpredictability of
natural disasters and volatile market conditions.
Today, technological advancements in equipment, crop and
veterinary sciences, soil and water conservation, and pest and
nutrient management, all have resulted in agriculture becoming
stronger than we’ve ever known - - certainly far stronger than
the days of our grandparents and great- grandparents. But the
unpredictability of weather and markets remain. That means the
FSA mission is as important as it’s ever been to ensure the
domestic agriculture sector continues to deliver an abundant,
safe, and affordable food and fiber supply for the American
The FSA Impacts Report shows selected highlights for fiscal year
2015. Our work at FSA has never been exclusively about providing
financial assistance or extending credit - - although we perform
those duties quite well, and often far beyond the call of duty.
Rather, FSA also is about building local relationships across
that well-worn office countertop with the men, women, and
families of American agriculture, through our unique network of
offices in nearly every rural county across this great nation.
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It’s because of these personal relationships, across more than 2,100
local county offices, that FSA is known as the “can do” agency of
the USDA. FSA employees simply get the job done, so that, from Maine
to California, farmers and ranchers can build their own version of
the American dream.
When people of good will come together towards a common purpose,
great things can happen. This report highlights these achievements
and will ensure that the path forward continues to demonstrate our
commitment to rural America.
[Val Dolcini, Administrator]