July Logan County Illinois FSA Updates

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[July 08, 2016]    Message from the CED - Cindy Mayfield has made the decision to jump into the retirement world as of July 1st. The Logan County FSA office would like to say a BIG THANK YOU for her 30 years of service to the farmers and ranchers of Logan County. Her customer service to "her farmers" will be missed.  - Thank you from all of us.

2016 Acreage Certification and 2016 ARC/PLC Enrollment

We would just like to send out a friendly reminder to please stop by your local FSA office to certify your crops no later than July 15, 2016! Remember that CRP acres need to be certified yearly as well, with the same deadline as your field crops. Before coming into the office, make sure you have gathered your planting dates and the shares for each farm.

We need to know failed acreage, as well as prevented acreage, which must be reported no later than 15 days after the final plating date. Corn final plant date is June 5th; prevented must be reported by June 20th. Soybeans final plant date is June 20th; prevented must be reported by July 5th.

When certifying your crops, make sure you have signed your 2016 ARC/PLC contracts while you are in the office. The deadline is August 1, 2016 and no appointment is necessary to get those finished up.

County Committee Election

Farmers and producers are urged to nominate candidates by August 1, 2016 to participate in this year’s county committee elections. To be eligible to serve on the county committee, a person must participate in FSA administered programs, be eligible to vote in the county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate. This year, nominations and elections will be held in LAA 1, which includes Prairie Creek, Orvil, Sheridan, West Lincoln, Corwin and Broadwell.

You may nominate yourself or others to be part of this unique committee and to have an influence of federal farm programs at the local level. Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues. FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning November 7th. Ballots are due back in the Logan County Office by mail or in person no later than December 5, 2016. All newly elected county committee members and alternates will take office January 1, 2017.

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans

Farm Service Agency provides direct and guaranteed loans to beginning farmers and ranchers who are unable to obtain financing from commercial credit sources. The Agency targets a portion of its loan funds to small and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. A beginning farmer is defined as one who:

  • Has not operated a farm or ranch for more than 10 years
  • Does not own a farm or ranch greater than 30 percent of the average size farm in the county as determined by the most current Census for Agriculture
  • Meets the loan eligibility requirements of the program to which he/she is applying
  • Substantially participates in the operation

For more information/questions, please contact Tony Schmillen, Farm Loan Manager, at 217-735-5508 or tony.schmillen@il.usda.gov

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Please contact, John Peters,
County Executive Director,
at 217-735-5508 ext 2,

or for Farm Loans,
please contact Tony Schmillen,
Farm Loan Manager,
at 217-735-5508 ext 2, tony.schmillen@il.usda.gov


USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).


Logan County USDA
1650 5th Street
Lincoln, IL, 62656
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Phone: 217-735-5508 ext. 2
Fax: 855-693-7125

County Committee:
Dennis Ramlow - Chairman
Tim Southerlan - Vice Chairman
Kenton Stoll - Member
Dorothy Gleason - Advisor

County Executive Director:
John Peters

Program Technicians:
Ann Curry
Tammy Edwards
Mari Anne Komnick
Chelsie Peddicord

Farm Loan Manager:
Tony Schmillen

County Operations Trainee:
Miranda Belcher

Next COC Meeting : July 20, 2016


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