Bank Account Changes: All FSA payments should be
electronically transferred into your bank account. In order to
make timely payments this fall, you need to notify the office if
you have closed/changed your account or if your bank has been
purchased by another financial institution. Payments will be
delayed if we are not aware of changes made to account and
Personal Data Changes - If you have a new address, phone
number or email address, please notify the county office.
Keeping the Logan County FSA Office informed reduces postage
costs, ensures the program payments are issued correctly and
timely, and helps the county office keep all involved producers
up-to-date with current program issues.
Deceased Producers / Successor in Interest – When an FSA
program participant dies, FSA must be notified timely. Failure
to do so may result in a loss of benefits for the deceased
producer’s share (or beneficiaries) and also the other producers
on the program contracts. Producers are also cautioned to never
sign using a power-of-attorney for a person who is deceased.
Once a person dies, the power-of-attorney is no longer valid.
Any document signed with a power-of-attorney for a deceased
person is invalid, and usually all producers on the document are
ineligible to earn payments for the year. Entities and joint
operations that participate in FSA programs also need to notify
FSA if a shareholder or member passes away.
Ownership - FSA requires that current owners of real
estate be listed on ARC/PLC and CRP contracts. It’s important to
remember that changes of ownership, including transferring land
into Trusts and Life Estates must be reported to the FSA Office.
If you choose to deed your land to a Trust or change the way
ownership is held in the real estate, bring a copy of your
recorded deed to FSA. For Trusts, a copy of your Trust Agreement
must accompany the copy of the deed, so FSA may determine who
can legally sign for the Trust.
Offers to Re-Enroll CRP Acres Expiring on September 30, 2017
are Being Accepted Now
The 2014 Farm Bill requires that beginning October 1, 2016, no
more than 24 million acres can be enrolled in CRP. Although the
USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA) is close to the 24 million acre
national statutory cap, contracts on 2.5 million acres of land
previously enrolled in CRP will expire from the program on
September 30, 2017.
FSA county offices are continuing to accept offers from
producers seeking to enroll lands in the program. In order to
manage the record demand for CRP acres, producers submitting CRP
offers for any continuous enrollment will have the option to
request a contract effective date of October 1, 2017 or pending
availability of acres, request a contract with an effective date
during fiscal year (FY) 2017.
Participants with CRP contracts expiring on September 30, 2017
will be contacted by our office to discuss re-enrolling their
acreage and to determine if all or a portion of their expiring
acreage is eligible for re-enrollment in CRP continuous signup
If you have any questions on CRP, please feel free to contact to
Fall seeded crops: Wheat, Rye, Cover Crops, etc., and all
pasture and hay ground MUST BE reported and certified by
December 15, 2016. A late file fee will be accessed to all farms
that are not timely reported.
Please contact the Logan County FSA Office to schedule an
appointment at 217-735-5508 Ext. 2. To certify fall seeded crops
and to avoid late fees.
USDA Expands Microloans to Help Farmers Purchase Farmland and
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering farm
ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for
farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans are
especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S.
veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have
small and mid-sized farming operations.
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The microloan program, which celebrates its third anniversary this
week, has been hugely successful, providing more than 16,800
low-interest loans, totaling over $373 million to producers across
the country. Microloans have helped farmers and ranchers with
operating costs, such as feed, fertilizer, tools, fencing,
equipment, and living expenses since 2013. Seventy percent of loans
have gone to new farmers.
Now, microloans will be available to also help with farm land and
building purchases, and soil and water conservation improvements.
FSA designed the expanded program to simplify the application
process, expand eligibility requirements and expedite smaller real
estate loans to help farmers strengthen their operations. Microloans
provide up to $50,000 to qualified producers, and can be issued to
the applicant directly from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA).
This microloan announcement is another USDA resource for America’s
farmers and ranchers to utilize, especially as new and beginning
farmers and ranchers look for the assistance they need to get
started. To learn more about the FSA microloan program visit
gov/microloans, or contact your local FSA office. To find
your nearest office location, please visit
Please contact, John Peters, County Executive Director, at
217-735-5508 ext 2,
firstname.lastname@example.org or for Farm Loans, please contact
Tony Schmillen, Farm Loan Manager, at 217-735-5508 ext 2,
Logan County FSA Office
1650 5th Street
Lincoln, IL, 62656
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: 217-735-5508 ext. 2
Dennis Ramlow - Chairman
Tim Southerlan - Vice Chairman
Kenton Stoll - Member
Dorothy Gleason - Advisor
County Executive Director:
Mari Anne Komnick
Farm Loan Manager:
County Operations Trainee:
Next COC Meeting :
Persons with disabilities who require
accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should
contact John Peters at 217-735-5508 extension 2 or Federal Relay
Service at 1-800-877-8339.
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).