2017 ARC/PLC program year enrollment began on November 1, 2016.
Producers are encouraged to contact the office to enroll. If a
farm is not enrolled during the 2017 enrollment period,
producers on that farm will not be eligible for financial
assistance from the ARC or PLC programs should crop prices or
farm revenues fall below the historical price or revenue
benchmarks established by the program. The two programs were
authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and offer a safety net to
agricultural producers when there is a substantial drop in
prices or revenues for covered commodities.
NAP Signup Deadline Approaching
The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)
provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable
crops (crops not covered by crop insurance) against natural
disasters that result in lower yields. Basic NAP coverage
provides catastrophic level (CAT) coverage based on the amount
of loss that exceeds 50 percent of expected production at 55
percent of the average market price for the crop. Additional
(buy up) coverage is available from 50 to 65 percent of
production (in 5 percent increments) at 100 percent of the
average market price. For all coverage levels the basic NAP
service fee is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer
per administrative county. Buy up coverage premiums are based on
the producers share of the crop, eligible acres, and coverage
level selected. Beginning, limited resource, and traditionally
underserved farmers may be eligible for a waiver of the service
fee and a 50 percent reduction of buy up premiums.
The application deadline for NAP for 2017 spring and summer
planted crops is March 15, 2017. Contact the FSA office at
217-735-5508 extension 2 for more information about NAP.
USDA Microloans Help Farmers Purchase Farmland and Improve
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
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Please contact, John Peters, County Executive Director, at 217-735-5508 ext
2, email@example.com 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 - 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 :
March 29th - 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).