Logan County FSA Updates May-June

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[June 10, 2019]    Permanent Employment Opportunity with Logan County FSA - The Logan County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office is accepting applications for a Program Technician position now through June 13th 2019.

This is a full-time permanent position with responsibilities for carrying out general office activities and technical functions pertaining to FSA administered programs. Applicants should be motivated and possess excellent human relations skills as well as strong clerical and computer skills. A general knowledge of agricultural practices is also important. Salary range is $30,344 - $54,670.

If you are interested, or know someone who is, the vacancy is available by accessing the USAJobs.gov website.

A copy of the vacancy announcement is also available at:

Logan County Farm Service Agency USDA Service Center
1650 5th St
Lincoln, IL 62656
Phone: 217/217-735-5508 x 2
Fax: 855/693-7125

Applications must be submitted through USAJobs.gov by the closing date of the announcement, which is, Thursday, June 13th, 2019.

We recognize and appreciate the benefits of diversity in the workplace. People who share this belief and reflect a diverse background are encouraged to apply.

The USDA/FSA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer, and Lender.

Higher Limits Now Available on USDA Farm Loans

Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and made changes to other loans, such as microloans and emergency loans.

Key changes include:

The Direct Operating Loan limit increased from $300,000 to $400,000, and the Guaranteed Operating Loan limit increased from $ 1.429 million to $1.75 million. Operating loans help producers pay for normal operating expenses, including machinery and equipment, seed, livestock feed, and more.

The Direct Farm Ownership Loan limit increased from $300,000 to $600,000, and the Guaranteed Farm Ownership Loan limit increased from $1.429 million to $1.75 million. Farm ownership loans help producers become owner-operators of family farms as well as improve and expand current operations.


Producers can now receive both a $50,000 Farm Ownership Microloan and a $50,000 Operating Microloan.

Previously, microloans were limited to a combined $50,000. Microloans provide flexible access to credit for small, beginning, niche, and non-traditional farm operations.

Producers who previously received debt forgiveness as part of an approved FSA restructuring plan are now eligible to apply for emergency loans. Previously, these producers were ineligible.

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Beginning and socially disadvantaged producers can now receive up to a 95 percent guarantee against the loss of principal and interest on a loan, up from 90 percent.

About Farm Loans Direct farm loans, which include microloans and emergency loans, are financed and serviced by FSA, while guaranteed farm loans are financed and serviced by commercial lenders. For guaranteed loans, FSA provides a guarantee against possible financial loss of principal and interest.

For more information on FSA farm loans, visit www.fsa.usda.gov or contact Tony Schmillen at the Logan County FSA Office at 217-735-5508 ext. 2.

Prevented Planting

The Logan County Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility for some programs.

Producers should report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, were prevented from planting. Prevented planting acreage must be reported on form CCC-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and Risk Management Agency (RMA).

The final planting day for corn is June 5, 2019 and soybeans is June 20, 2019. The last day to report prevented plant corn is June 20, 2019 and soybeans is July 5, 2019.

If a producer is unable to report the prevented planting acreage within the 15 calendar days following the final planting date, a late-filed report can be submitted. Late-filed reports will only be accepted if FSA conducts a farm visit to assess the eligible disaster condition that prevented the crop from being planted. A measurement service fee will be charged.

Logan County FSA Office
1650 5th St
Lincoln, IL 62656
Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: 217-735-5508

County Executive Director:
John Peters

Farm Loan Manager:
Tony Schmillen

Program Technicians:
Ann Curry
Tammy Edwards
Chelsie Peddicord
Emily Tomlin

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

Next County Committee Meeting: TBD


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