FSA and the Risk Management Agency (RMA), which oversees
the Federal Crop Insurance Program, now have common acreage
Perennial forages include alfalfa, alfalfa grass mixtures, red
clover, and others that are intended for harvest in 2017. This
also includes pasture acreage and cover crops. Fall seeded small
grains include winter wheat, rye and others. Producers who are
interested in participating in any 2017 USDA farm programs or
just want to keep their acreage history up to date need to
report the location, acreage and planting date of the applicable
Producers with crop insurance must also report their applicable
forages and fall seeded small grains to their insurance company.
Late-filed provisions may be available to producers who are
unable to meet the reporting deadline as required. Filing an
acreage report on fall-seeded crops after the December 15, 2016
deadline will require the payment of a late-filing fee which
amounts to a minimum of $46.00 per farm.
Producers should stop by the Logan County FSA office immediately
to make arrangements to file an accurate acreage report!
Breaking New Ground
Agricultural producers are reminded to consult with FSA and NRCS
before breaking out new ground for production purposes as doing
so without prior authorization may put a producer’s federal farm
program benefits in jeopardy. This is especially true for land
that must meet Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and Wetland
Conservation (WC) provisions.
Producers with HEL determined soils are required to apply
tillage, crop residue and rotational requirements as specified
in their conservation plan.
Producers should notify FSA as a first point of contact prior to
conducting land clearing or drainage type projects to ensure the
proposed actions meet compliance criteria such as clearing any
trees to create new cropland, then these areas will need to be
reviewed to ensure such work will not risk your eligibility for
Landowners and operators complete the form AD-1026 - Highly
Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC)
Certification to identify the proposed action and allow FSA to
determine whether a referral to Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) for further review is necessary.
MAL and LDP Policy Changes for Crop Years 2015-2018
The Agricultural Act of 2014 authorized 2014-2018 crop year
Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs),
with a few minor policy changes.
Among the changes, farm-stored MAL collateral transferred to
warehouse storage will retain the original loan rate, be allowed
to transfer only the outstanding farm-stored quantity with no
additional quantity allowed and will no longer require producers
to have a paid for measurement service when moving or
commingling loan collateral.
MALs and LDPs provide financing and marketing assistance for
wheat, feed grains, soybeans, and other oilseeds, pulse crops,
wool and honey. MALs provide producers interim financing after
harvest to help them meet cash flow needs without having to sell
their commodities when market prices are typically at
harvest-time lows. A producer who is eligible to obtain a loan,
but agrees to forgo the loan, may obtain an LDP if such a
payment is available.
FSA is now accepting requests for 2016 MALs and LDPs for all
eligible commodities after harvest.
Before MAL repayments with a market loan gain or LDP
disbursements can be made, producers must meet the requirements
of actively engaged in farming, cash rent tenant and member
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To be considered eligible for an LDP, producers must have form
CCC-633EZ, Page 1 on file at their local FSA Office before losing
beneficial interest in the crop. Pages 2, 3 or 4 of the form must be
submitted when payment is requested.
The 2014 Farm Bill also establishes payment limitations per
individual or entity not to exceed $125,000 annually on certain
commodities for the following program benefits: price loss coverage
payments, agriculture risk coverage payments, marketing loan gains (MLGs)
and LDPs. These payment limitations do not apply to MAL loan
disbursements or redemptions using commodity certificate exchange.
Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) provisions were modified by the 2014
Farm Bill, which states that a producer whose total applicable
three-year average AGI exceeds $900,000 is not eligible to receive
an MLG or LDP. Producers must have a valid CCC-941 on file to earn a
market gain of LDP. The AGI does not apply to MALs redeemed with
commodity certificate exchange.
For more information and additional eligibility requirements, please
visit a nearby USDA Service Center or FSA’s website www.fsa.usda.gov.
Please contact, John Peters, County Executive Director, at
217-735-5508 ext 2,
john.peters@ il.usda.gov 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 : TBD
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Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642
(Relay voice users).