Logan County E-NEWS
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 Issue# 07 - 11
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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July 15th - Deadline to Certify 2011 Crops
Next week is the final week to certify your 2011 crops. All crops and CRP acreage need to be certified to stay in compliance with our farm programs. Failure to do so will result in a noncompliance situation and a loss of farm program benefits. Any farms certified after July 15th will be charged a late filing fee (minimum of $46.00) and will require a field visit.
Pest Management & Crop Scouting
http://www.ipm.uiuc.edu/index.html (Integrated Pest Management)
September 1 – Deadline to Certify 2010 ACRE Production
ACRE Program participants are required to certify their 2010 production on all crops planted in 2010. Please provide a 658 ACRE Production Form (PDF Format) by September 1st
As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations that discrimination occurred at USDA in past decades, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Assistant Attorney General Tony West announced the establishment of a process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert that they were discriminated against when seeking USDA farm loans. The claims process offers a streamlined alternative to litigation and provides at least $1.33 billion in compensation, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers.
This announcement follows the Obama Administration's settlement of longstanding litigation brought by African American farmers and Native American farmers. In conjunction with this announcement, USDA is launching an outreach effort to potential claimants that will include a call center for farmers and ranchers, a website, public service announcements, and in-person meetings around the country. Individuals interested in participating in the claims process may register to receive a claims package, or may obtain more information, by visiting www.farmerclaims.gov. Beginning February 25, 2011, individuals can register to receive a claims package by calling the Farmer and Rancher Call Center at 1-888-508-4429. USDA cannot provide legal advice to potential claimants. Persons seeking legal advice may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider.
Logan County FSA Committee Nominations needed
Nominations are needed for representation on the Logan County FSA Committee for Hurlbut, Elkhart, Laenna, Mount Pulaski, and Lake Fork townships.
Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others, and organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. Nomination forms for the 2011 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2011. Elections will take place this fall.
Help keep this unique grass roots system alive!
Land Of Lincoln Soil Savers Trip
The Land of Lincoln Soil Saver’s Committee has finalized plans for the Club’s summer tour of the Twin Groves Wind Farm east of Bloomington on Route 9 (pictured at the top of the page). The group will also enjoy a baseball game and BBQ at CornBelters ballpark in Normal, Illinois. This event will take place Thursday, July 21st with the tour beginning at 3:30 P.M.
Reservations are needed for both events. Please call Carolyn at 217-735-5508 ext. 3 for more information.
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