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The focus of Microloans is on the financing needs of small, beginning farmer, niche and non-traditional farm operations, such as truck farms, farms participating in direct marketing and sales such as farmers’ markets, CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), restaurants and grocery stores, or those using hydroponic, aquaponic, organic and vertical growing methods.

To learn more contact your local office or USDA Service Center to learn more about the programs. You should also be able to locate a listing in the telephone directory in the section set aside for governmental/public organizations under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency. The local FSA office staffs are happy to help you and discuss our loan programs with you in more detail.

Read more about microloan services.

The Peach Insect and Disease Management Chart is a tool for peach orchard growers that need a quick carry-around resource to manage insects during certain tree cycles.

The tool includes the most common insect pests and connects those to the best practices of prevention. Insects that this tool covers include scale and European red mite, lesser peachtree borer, thrips, and many more. Farmers can slide the chart to view active ingredients that works best for each insect pest, and when and how to apply it.

To order a slide chart, contact Ayanava Majumdar at You can also get a copy from any commercial horticulture regional Extension agent.

Grain sorghum production depends on an effective and economical insect management program.

To plan such a program, producers must determine whether insects are present and the amount of damage being done. The “tools of technology” available in managing grain sorghum insects are cultural practices, the selective use of insecticides, insect scouting, transgenic varieties, and beneficial arthropods. The effectiveness of these tools can be maximized when used by all growers over a large area. Insect management does not mean reduction of the insect population to zero; instead it means a reduction below the level of economic damage.

This guide was compiled by both current and former Extension entomologists, plant pathologists, weed scientists, and a pesticide education specialist.


Download the Grain Sorghum IPM Guide, IPM-0429.

IPM guides for other crops as well as a general IPM overview, safety recommendations and directions for submitting samples can be found in the Integrated Pest Management Guides.


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