There is very little time left until spring planting season
begins. Check this item off your to-do list NOW! The process is
very quick and easy if you have no farm changes for the 2017
crop year. Call the office at once if you have farm changes so
we may make the necessary arrangements to update your contracts.
NO APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY, but please call ahead of time if
you have farm record changes.
If a farm is not enrolled during the 2017 enrollment period, the
producers on that farm will not be eligible for program payments
from the ARC or PLC programs for the 2017 crop should crop
prices or farm revenues fall below the historical price or
revenue benchmarks established by the program. Producers who
made their elections in 2015 must still enroll during the 2017
For more details regarding these programs, go to
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 producerís
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.
USDA Microloans Help Farmers Purchase Farmland and Improve
Producers, Including Beginning and Underserved Farmers, Have a
New Option to Gain Access to Land
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.
The microloan program 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).
To learn more about the FSA microloan program visit
www.fsa.usda.gov/microloans, or contact your local FSA office.
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Important Dates to Remember
- March 31 Final date to request 2016 crop wheat MAL
- March 31 Final date for documentation for 2016 LIP losses
- April 15 Primary Nesting Season begins (do Not disturb CRP
acres until August 2nd)
- May 29 Memorial Day - Office Closed
- May 31 Final Date to Apply for Marketing Assistance Loan for
2016 fall harvested crop
- July 15 Spring seeded crops and CRP reporting deadline
- August 1 2017 ARC/PLC Enrollment Ends
- Continuous Farm Record Changes
- Continuous Farm Storage Facility Loan Applications
- Continuous CRP Signup (waterways, filter strips, field
borders, pollinator habitat
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, email@example.com.
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 - Member
Tim Southerlan - Chairman
Kenton Stoll - Vice - Chairman
Dorothy Gleason - Advisor
County Executive Director:
Mari Anne Komnick
Farm Loan Manager:
County Operations Trainee:
Next COC Meeting :
April 5th - 9:00 AM
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).