Logan County E-NEWS

Wednesday, December 28, 2011                   Issue# 2 - 19

Logan County Farm Service Agency                Phone: (217) 735-5508 Ext. 2

1650 5th St                                                                  Fax: (217) 732-9916

Lincoln, IL    62656                                                 Hours: M-F, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm


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Topics Covered:


·         FSA County Committee Election Results

·         2012 Soil and Water Conservation District Election

·         Highly Erodible Land Compliance



Logan County Committee Election Results

The Logan County Committee has elected a new representative for LAA #3 (Hurlbut, Elkhart, Mount Pulaski, Laenna, and Lake Fork Townships).  The election was held in the Logan County FSA office on December 7th.  The election results are as follows:

  • Tim Southerlan       -           newly elected member
  • Mark Maxheimer    -           1st alternate
  • George Allspach       -           2rd alternate

Congratulations to Tim Southerlan who will be taking John Poffenbarger’s position on the committee.  We want to thank John for his dedicated service in representing his county.  It was a close race.   Much thanks and appreciation goes out to all the candidates for their interest and willingness to represent their county.  A thanks is also extended to all who participated in this year’s election.  You are the reason why the County Committee’s grass root system works.  Help keep the County Committee system active by participating in your area’s next election!

Click on the LINK to learn more about the County Committee System: LINK


2012 Soil & Water Conservation District Election 

The Logan County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) will hold a General Election of Directors on February 1, 2012 from 6:30am.-5:30p.m. at the District office located at 1650 5th Street Rd., Lincoln, IL.

Three Directors will be elected to a two year term to serve the Logan County Soil & Water Conservation District.

A nominating committee consisting of Jeff Laatsch of Mt. Pulaski, Richard Johnson of Atlanta and Maralee Boerma of Hartsburg have submitted the names of Kent Kleinschmidt, Doug Martin and Doug Thompson into nomination for the election.  Ballots will also provide an opportunity for write-in nominees as well.


All persons of legal voting age that hold legal title or are in legal possession of any land lying within the boundaries of the Logan County SWCD are eligible to vote at this election, whether as lessee, renter, tenant or otherwise.

The SWCD will not be holding an Annual Meeting this year so please join them at the District office to vote in this year’s election.


HEL Compliance

Is conservation system application required on HEL ground?

Yes, if the land is used to produce annually tilled agricultural commodity crops. Responsibility rests with both landowners and operators to implement an appropriate conservation system or forfeit USDA program benefits. Conservation systems are specific to each HEL tract on a farm.


What is the most common mistake made by operators out of compliance?
Working soybean ground is the most common mistake that results in noncompliance. Working soybean ground even lightly can cause your operation to be out of compliance, as many conservation systems require no-till or strip-till on soybean stubble.


Keep a few things in mind about tillage.

Using aerators or rotary harrows on fields scheduled for no-till may result in noncompliance. Strip tillage with less than 25% row disturbance is equivalent to no-till. In a no-till system, if ruts occur due to wet conditions at harvest, light tillage to level the site is acceptable, but only on the affected area. Producers should contact their NRCS office before performing tillage.



Common Conservation Compliance Systems for Highly Erodible Land (HEL) —


Click on the LINK for more information regarding HEL compliance: LINK


E-News Trivia Question

Q: Which county in Illinios has the most registered Illinios Department of Ag Centennial farms? 

A: Champaign County has the most with over 200 Centennial Farms.  Logan County has 118 Centennial Farms with the earliest dating back to 1826.  Congrats to Doug and Cory for your correct responses! 




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