Logan County Illinois FSA Program Updates

April 2013

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Logan County FSA Updates

DEAR PRODUCERS:  

The 2013 planting season is nearly here.  Please take care of the required paperwork in our office before field work begins and time starts slipping away.  DCP/ACRE signup is underway and contracts are ready to sign.  No appointment is necessary so please stop in. 

Also, just a reminder that even though you are receiving this email, many producers around the county are not.  As you gather information and contact landlords please encourage them to provide their email to our office or sign up for GovDelivery at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USFSA/subscriber/new.  As an agency we no longer have funding to mail hardcopy newsletters, thus correspondence must be done through email.  Please feel free to forward this email on to your landlords, operators or anyone else who would benefit from this information.

Everyone have a safe 2013 spring season.

John Peters - Logan County FSA


Logan County FSA

1650 5th Street

Lincoln, IL, 62656

Hours:

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Phone: 217-735-5508 ext. 2

Fax: 217-732-9916

 

County Committee:

Rodney Conklen - Chairman

Tim Southerlan - Vice Chairman

Kenton Stoll - Member

Dorothy Gleason - Advisor

 

County Executive Director:

John Peters

Program Technicians:

Ann Curry

Tammy Edwards

Dianne Fout

Mari Anne Komnick

Cindy Mayfield

Kristi Olson

Farm Loan Manager:

Tony Schmillen

Go Green

USDA Announces 45th General Sign-Up for the Conservation Reserve Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), beginning May 20 and ending on June 14.

CRP has a 27-year legacy of protecting the nation's natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States. Currently, about 27 million acres are enrolled in CRP. Producers that are accepted in the sign-up can receive cost-share assistance to plant long-term, resource-conserving covers and receive an annual rental payment for the length of the contract (10-15 years). 

Contracts on 3.3 million acres of CRP are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2013. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.  Notification letters were mailed during the week of March 4, 2013 to all participants with CRP contracts scheduled to expire on September 30, 2013. The notification letters list options concerning the expiring CRP contract(s). Specific information concerning the expiring CRP contracts can also be found on the reverse side of notification letter

Additional sign-ups for continuous CRP programs such as Highly Erodible Land Initiative and Initiative to Restore Grasslands, Wetlands and Wildlife will be announced in spring 2013.

For more information visit the local FSA service center or factsheets can be found at the following links: 


SIGN UP NOW! 2013 DCP/ACRE Program

  DCP/ACRE signup has begun and contracts are ready.  Contract shares are based on crop shares from last year.  Please make the office aware of any changes.

The ACRE enrollment period will end on June 3, 2013.  The DCP enrollment period will end on August 2, 2013.

The only program change from 2012 to 2013 is that all eligible participants in 2013 may choose to enroll in either DCP or ACRE for the 2013 crop year. This means that eligible producers who were enrolled in ACRE in 2012 may elect to enroll in DCP in 2013 or may re-enroll in ACRE in 2013 (and vice versa).

More detailes regarding 2013 DCP/ACRE sign up specifics may be found by calling the Logan County Office or visiting the DCP/ACRE USDA website.