2018 NAP Application Closing Dates:
August 31, 2017 - canola
September 1, 2017 - value loss crops, such as, aquaculture,
Christmas trees, ornamental nursery, and turfgrass sod
September 30, 2017 - mechanically harvested forage, grazed
forage, and fall seeded small grains.
November 20, 2017 - bi-annual and perennial crops, such as
apples, asparagus, blueberries, caneberries, cherries, grapes,
hops, nectarines, pecans, peaches, pears, plums, and
December 1, 2017 - honey
March 15, 2018 - spring and summer planted NAP crops
May 1, 2017 – 2018 nursery crops
Eligible producers can apply for 2018 NAP coverage at their
local FSA Office using form CCC-471, Application for Coverage.
The service fee for basic NAP coverage is the lesser of $250 per
crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to
exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interest in
multiple counties. Producers interested in buy-up coverage must
pay a premium, in addition to the service fee. The maximum
premium will be $6,563.
Producer meeting the definition of a socially disadvantaged
farmer or rancher, beginning farmer or rancher or limited
resource farmer or rancher will have service fees waived.
Producers meeting this definition that choose to purchase buy-up
coverage will also have service fees waived and the premium will
be capped at $3,282.
CRP Participants Must Maintain Approved Cover on Acreages
Enrolled in CRP and Farm Programs
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants are responsible
for ensuring adequate, approved vegetative and practice cover is
maintained to control erosion throughout the life of the
contract after the practice has been established. Participants
must also control undesirable vegetation, weeds (including
noxious weeds), insects and rodents that may pose a threat to
existing cover or adversely impact other landowners in the area.
All CRP maintenance activities, such as mowing, burning, disking
and spraying, must be conducted outside the primary nesting or
brood rearing season for wildlife, which for Illinois is April
15th through August 1st. However, spot treatment of the acreage
may be allowed during the primary nesting or brood rearing
season if, left untreated, the weeds, insects or undesirable
species would adversely impact the approved cover. In this
instance, spot treatment is limited to the affected areas in the
field and requires County Committee approval prior to beginning
the spot treatment. The County Committee will consult with NRCS
to determine if such activities are needed to maintain the
Annual mowing of CRP for generic weed control, or for cosmetic
purposes, is prohibited at all times.
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.
USDA Announces Additional Financial Incentives for
Conservation Reserve Program Participants to Improve Forest
Health and Enhance Wildlife Habitat
In an effort to improve wildlife habitat and the health of
private forest lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced additional incentives
available for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants to
actively manage forest lands enrolled in the program.
Under the provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill, $10 million is
available nationwide to eligible CRP participants. Those
selected will be encouraged to thin, prescribe burn or otherwise
manage their forests in order to allow sunlight to reach the
forest floor. This will encourage the development of grasses,
forbs and legumes, benefitting numerous species including
pollinators and grassland-dependent birds such as the northern
Eligibility is limited to landowners and agricultural producers
already enrolled in CRP with conservation covers primarily
containing trees. Incentive payments, not to exceed 150 percent
of the cost to implement a particular customary forestry
activity as described, have been established. CRP participants
meeting eligibility requirements and interested in making offers
to participate should visit their local FSA county office.
For more information about FSA conservation programs, visit the
FSA office at the local USDA service center or go to
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 your farm
loan staff immediately to discuss loan servicing options. For
more information on FSA farm loan programs, visit
Filing CCC-941 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Certifications
Many producers have experienced delays in receiving Agriculture
Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments, Loan
Deficiency Payments (LDPs) and Market Gains on Marketing
Assistance Loans (MALs) because they have not filed form
CCC-941, Adjusted Gross Income Certification. LDPs will not be
paid until all eligible producers, including landowners who
share in the crop, have filed a valid CCC-941.
Producers without a valid CCC-941 certifying their compliance
with the average adjusted gross income provisions will not
receive payments that have been processed. All farm
operator/tenants/owners who have not filed a CCC-941 and have
pending payments should IMMEDIATELY file the form with their
recording county FSA office. Farm operators and tenants are
encouraged to ensure that their landowners have filed the form.
FSA has been issuing 2016 LDPs and Market Gains.
FSA can accept the CCC-941 for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Unlike the
past, producers must have the CCC-941 certifying their AGI
compliance before any payments can be issued.
Update Your Records
FSA is cleaning up our producer record database. If you have any
unreported changes of address or zip code or an incorrect name
or business name on file they need to be reported to our office.
Changes in your farm operation, like the addition of a farm by
lease or purchase, need to be reported to our office as well.
Producers participating in FSA and NRCS programs are required to
timely report changes in their farming operation to the County
Committee in writing and update their CCC-902 Farm Operating
If you have any updates or corrections, please call your local
FSA office to update your records.
2015, 2016 and 2017 Average Adjusted Gross Income Compliance
The AGI verification and compliance reviews for 2015, 2016 and
2017 are conducted on producers whom the IRS indicated may have
exceeded the adjusted gross income limitations described in [7
CFR 1400.500]. Based on this review, producers will receive
determinations of eligibility or ineligibility.
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If the producer is determined to have exceeded the average AGI
limitation of $900,000, receivables will be established for
payments earned directly or indirectly by the producer subject
to the $900,000 limitation. The Illinois State FSA Office
continues to notify producers selected for review. If you have
any questions about the review process or determinations, please
contact the Illinois State FSA Office at 217-241-6600. Producers
who receive initial debt notification letters may only appeal
the amount of the debt to their local FSA office.
There are options for Farm Service Agency loan customers during
financial stress. If you are a borrower who is unable to make
payments on a loan, contact your local FSA Farm Loan Manager to
learn about the options available to you.
Maintaining the Quality of Farm-Stored Loan Grain
Bins are ideally designed to hold a level volume of grain. When
bins are overfilled and grain is heaped up, airflow is hindered
and the chance of spoilage increases.
Producers who take out marketing assistance loans and use the
farm-stored grain as collateral should remember that they are
responsible for maintaining the quality of the grain through the
term of the loan.
Dairy Producers Can Enroll for 2018 Coverage
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency
(FSA) today announced that starting Sept. 1, 2017, dairy
producers can enroll for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection
Program (MPP-Dairy). Secretary Sonny Perdue has utilized
additional flexibility this year by providing dairy producers
the option of opting out of the program for 2018.
To opt out, a producer should not sign up during the annual
registration period. By opting out, a producer would not receive
any MPP-Dairy benefits if payments are triggered for 2018. Full
details will be included in a subsequent Federal Register
Notice. The decision would be for 2018 only and is not
The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill,
provides financial assistance to participating dairy producers
when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and
feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the
MPP-Dairy gives participating dairy producers the flexibility to
select coverage levels best suited for their operation.
Enrollment ends on Dec. 15, 2017, for coverage in calendar year
2018. Participating farmers will remain in the program through
Dec. 31, 2018, and pay a minimum $100 administrative fee for
2018 coverage. Producers have the option of selecting a
different coverage level from the previous coverage year during
Dairy operations enrolling in the program must meet conservation
compliance provisions and cannot participate in the Livestock
Gross Margin Dairy Insurance Program. Producers can mail the
appropriate form to the producer’s administrative county FSA
office, along with applicable fees, without necessitating a trip
to the local FSA office. If electing higher coverage for 2018,
dairy producers can either pay the premium in full at the time
of enrollment or pay 100 percent of the premium by Sept. 1,
2018. Premium fees may be paid directly to FSA or producers can
work with their milk handlers to remit premiums on their behalf.
USDA has a web tool to help producers determine the level of
coverage under the MPP-Dairy that will provide them with the
strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online
resource, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy
farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and
other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on
price projections. Producers can also review historical data or
estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure
site can be accessed via computer, Smartphone, tablet or any
other platform, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information, visit FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy
or stop by a local FSA office to learn more about the MPP-Dairy.
Unauthorized Disposition of Grain
If loan grain has been disposed of through feeding, selling or
any other form of disposal without prior written authorization
from the county office staff, it is considered unauthorized
disposition. The financial penalties for unauthorized
dispositions are severe and a producer’s name will be placed on
a loan violation list for a two-year period. Always call before
you haul any grain under loan.
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybee, and Farm-Raised
Fish Program (ELAP)
The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and
Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to
eligible livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who
have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions,
such as blizzards and wildfires, not covered by other
agricultural disaster assistance programs.
Eligible livestock losses include grazing losses not covered
under the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), loss of
purchased feed and/or mechanically harvested feed due to an
eligible adverse weather event, additional cost of transporting
water because of an eligible drought and additional cost
associated with gathering livestock to treat for cattle tick
Eligible honeybee losses include loss of purchased feed due to
an eligible adverse weather event, cost of additional feed
purchased above normal quantities due to an eligible adverse
weather condition, colony losses in excess of normal mortality
due to an eligible weather event or loss condition, including
CCD, and hive losses due to eligible adverse weather.
Eligible farm-raised fish losses include death losses in excess
of normal mortality and/or loss of purchased feed due to an
eligible adverse weather event.
Producers who suffer eligible livestock, honeybee, or
farm-raised fish losses from Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017 must
A notice of loss the earlier of 30 calendar days of when the
loss is apparent or by Nov. 1, 2017
An application for payment by Nov. 1, 2017
The Farm Bill caps ELAP disaster funding at $20 million per
federal fiscal year.
The following ELAP Fact Sheets (by topic) are available online:
ELAP for Farm-Raised Fish Fact Sheet
ELAP for Livestock Fact Sheet
ELAP for Honeybees Fact Sheet
To view these and other FSA program fact sheets, visit the FSA
fact sheet web page at
Illinois Farm Service Agency
3500 Wabash Ave.
Springfield, IL 62711
Phone: 217-241-6600 ext. 2
Acting State Executive Director: Richard L. Graden
Acting State Committee:
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