June Illinois FSA Bulletin
USDA Extends Deadline for Recording Farm Structure

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[June 16, 2016]    USDA Extends Deadline for Recording Farm Structure - Gives Non-Family Farming Operations More Time to Restructure in Response to ‘Actively Engaged’ Farm Management Rule - USDA announced a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations.

This date is used to determine the level of interest an individual holds in a legal entity for the applicable program year. Farming operations will now have until July 1 to complete their restructuring or finalize any operational change. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued the extension in response to farmers and ranchers who requested more time to comply, and to assure that everyone has enough time to provide their information under the new rules.

The 2014 Farm Bill provided the Secretary with the direction and authority to amend the Actively Engaged in Farming rules related to management. The final rule established limits on the number of individuals who can qualify as actively engaged using only management. Only one payment limit for management is allowed under the rule, with the ability to request up to two additional qualifying managers operations for large and complex operations.

The rule does not apply to farming operations comprised entirely of family members. The rule also does not change the existing regulations related to contributions of land, capital, equipment or labor, or the existing regulations related to landowners with a risk in the crop or to spouses. Producers that planted fall crops have until the 2017 crop year to comply with the new rules. The payment limit associated with Farm Service Agency farm payments is generally limited annually to $125,000 per individual or entity.

IDOA (Illinois Department of Agriculture) Clean Sweep Collection in Central Illinois

Residents of twelve central Illinois counties can dispose of unwanted agrichemicals for free this year through the IDOA agricultural pesticide “clean sweep” program.

A “clean sweep” collection has been scheduled in late summer for Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Jasper, Lawrence, Moultrie, Richland, and Shelby counties. The collection, which rotates among Illinois counties, is open to farmers, retired farmers, nursery owners, private pesticide applicators, structural pest control applicators and landowners who inherited unwanted agricultural pesticides with their property.

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Interested persons must register the products they plan to dispose of by July 15, 2016. Registration is required to give the waste disposal contractor time to prepare for the different kinds of materials that will need to be handled. Forms can be obtained by calling the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Hotline at 1-800-641-3934. Completed forms should be mailed or faxed to the IDOA State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL 63794-9281. The fax number is (217)524-4882. Interested persons will then be sent a reservation card indicating the date, time and location of their collection.

Please be advised, it is not illegal to own these products, but it is illegal to dispose of them improperly. This program offers a free, legal way of disposal with no disposal liability to the participants.

Soil Water Conservation District offices; County Farm Bureau offices; and U of I Extension offices in the counties named above are the sponsors of this event being held by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA).


Please contact your local County FSA Office with any questions you may have regarding this message.

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).

[USDA Farm Service Agency]



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