Logan County FSA May Update

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[June 10, 2017]    Certification Reporting Deadline - The final day to certify spring seeded crops and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage is July 15, 2017. Please remember to bring your planting dates with you.

Producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed and prevented acreage, will avoid the potential loss of FSA program benefits. Crop certification is a requirement to maintain program benefits for several programs including CRP, ARC, PLC, Marketing Assistance Loans and more! Please pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates below.

July 15, 2017: Corn, Soybeans ,CRP, and all other spring-seeded crops

December 15, 2017: All fall seeded crops (Wheat), Hay and Pasture (Alfalfa, Grass, Clover, etc.)

CRP Certification

Does your farm have CRP on it?

Certification on the FSA-578 Report of Acreage also includes Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage certification. By certifying CRP acreage on the FSA-578 you are certifying that the CRP acres are in compliance and eligible to receive your annual CRP payment. Make sure your CRP is in compliance prior to crop certification to avoid noncompliance situations. Noncompliance could result in the termination of the contract and repayment of all monies received plus interest and liquidated damages.

Failed & Prevented Planting Reporting

Failed Acreage: If you have a crop that has failed due to a natural disaster, you must notify your crop insurance provider and also file a FSA-576 (Notice of Loss) with your county FSA office BEFORE destroying the crop to remain eligible for benefits.

Prevented Acreage: If you were prevented from planting a crop due to a natural disaster, you must notify your crop insurance provider and also file a FSA-576 (Notice of Loss) with your county FSA office within 15 days of final planting date for that crop. The final planting dates for Logan County are:

Corn – June 5th
Soybeans – June 20th

Producers must demonstrate the crop was intended to be planted by providing the FSA office evidence such as seed tickets and receipts.

Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony on April 25 at the Supreme Court building.

Perdue grew up on a dairy and diversified row crop farm in Bonaire, Georgia. Being uniquely qualified as a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator and governor of Georgia, he has experienced the agriculture industry from every possible perspective throughout his life.

As secretary, Perdue says he will champion the concerns of farmers, ranchers, foresters and producers, and will work tirelessly to solve the issues facing our farm families.

Perdue’s policies as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will be guided by four principles which will inform his decisions. First, he will maximize the ability of the men and women of America’s agriculture and agribusiness sector to create jobs, to produce and sell the foods and fiber that feed and clothe the world, and to reap the earned reward of their labor. Second, he will prioritize customer service every day for American taxpayers and consumers. Third, as Americans expect a safe and secure food supply, USDA will continue to serve in the critical role of ensuring the food we put on the table to feed our families meets the strict safety standards we’ve established. And fourth, Perdue will always remember that America’s agricultural bounty comes directly from the land.

For more information about Secretary Perdue, visit www.usda.gov

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Communication is Key in Lending

Farm Service Agency (FSA) is committed to providing our farm loan borrowers the tools necessary to be a success. A part of ensuring this success is providing guidance and counsel from the loan application process through the borrower’s graduation to commercial lending institutions. While it is FSA’s commitment to advise borrowers as they identify goals and evaluate progress, it is crucial for borrowers to communicate with their farm loan staff when changes occur. It is the borrower’s responsibility to alert FSA to any of the following:

  • Any proposed or significant changes in the farming operation;
  • Any significant changes to family income or expenses;
  • The development of problem situations;
  • Any losses or proposed significant changes in security

In addition, if a farm loan borrower cannot make payments to suppliers, other creditors, or FSA on time, contact Tony Schmillen at 217-735-5508 extension 2, to discuss loan servicing options. For more information on FSA farm loan programs, visit 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,tony.schmillen@il.usda.gov.

Logan County FSA Office
1650 5th Street
Lincoln, IL, 62656

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: 217-735-5508 ext. 2

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

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).


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