Since shares and ownership of a farm can change year-to-year,
producers must enroll by signing a contract each program year.
The producers on a farm that are not enrolled for the 2018
enrollment period will not be eligible for financial assistance
from the ARC or PLC programs for the 2018 crop should crop
prices or farm revenues fall below the historical price or
revenue benchmarks established by the program. Producers who
made their elections in previous years must still enroll during
the 2018 enrollment period.
The ARC and PLC 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.
Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small
chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils,
mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain
rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet
rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and
wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity. For more
details regarding these programs, go to
For more information, producers are encouraged to visit their
local FSA office. To find a local FSA office, visit
Logan County Farm Service Agency Announces County Committee
Logan County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service
Agency (FSA) Executive Director John Peters announced that
County Committee elections are over and the ballots have been
Tim Southerlan of Mount Pulaski was re-elected to represent
local administrative area (LAA) #3.
County Committee members are a critical component of the
day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver programs at the
county level and work to serve the needs of local producers. All
recently elected County Committee members will take office in
January 2018, and will be joining the existing committee. Every
FSA office is required to have a County Committee, and they are
made up of local farmers who are elected by local farmers.
Nearly 7,800 FSA County Committee members serve FSA offices
nationwide. Each committee has three elected members who serve
three-year terms of office. One-third of County Committee seats
are up for election each year. County Committee members impact
the administration of FSA within a community by applying their
knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on
its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity
and disaster programs, emergency programs and eligibility.
County Committee members impact producers through their decision
making and help shape the culture of a local FSA office. They
also ensure the fair and equitable administration of FSA farm
programs in their counties and are accountable to the Secretary
of Agriculture. Members conduct hearings and reviews as
requested by the State Committee, ensure socially disadvantaged
(SDA) farmers and ranchers are fairly represented, make
recommendations to the State Committee on existing programs,
monitor changes in farm programs and inform farmers of the
purpose and provisions of FSA programs. They also assist with
outreach and inform underserved producers such as beginning
farmers and ranchers about FSA opportunities.
For more information, visit the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections
or contact the Logan County office at 217-735-5508.
Annual notice to producers
Payments and benefits under certain programs are subject to some
or all of the following policies & provisions:
Payment eligibility and payment limitation determinations may be
initiated by COC or requested by the producer (review of the
applicable CCC-902 Farm Operating Plan):
Actively engaged in farming requirements
Payment limitation by direct attribution.
Payment limitation amounts for the applicable programs.
Cash-rent tenant rule.
Foreign person rule (FSA-153).
No program benefits subject to payment eligibility and
limitation will be provided until:
A farm operating plan is not required to be filed annually, if
the farming operation continues to be conducted as reflected on
the farm operating plan and supporting documents on file in the
If any changes occur that could affect an actively engaged in
farming, cash-rent tenant, foreign person, or average AGI
determination, producers must timely notify the County Office by
filing revised CCC-902, Farm Operating Plan and/or supporting
documentation, as applicable
CCC-902I – for Individuals
CCC-902E for entities like Trusts, Joint Ventures, General
Partnerships, LLC, Corporations, LTD Partnerships, Estates,
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There are statutory provisions that require entities earning program
benefits that are subject to limitation, to provide the names,
addresses, and TIN’s of the entities’ members to COC:
Status Date of June 1, 2018 applies to:
Minor children not of age 18 years old on or before this date,
Joint Operations of Non-Family Members
Status Date of August 1, 2018 applies to:
All applicable payment eligibility and payment limitation forms
submitted by producers are subject to spot check through the
end-of-year review process.
Note: These reviews will look at how the grain was
marketed, how the farm operation or person is financed for the
crop year, insurance, expenses, hired labor, leases, etc.
A determination of not actively engaged in farming results in the
producer being ineligible for any payment or benefit requiring a
determination of actively engaged in farming. May also impact
eligibility for an entity for crop insurance benefits subsidized by
the federal government.
Programs are subject to AGI limitation.
CCC-941 Adjusted Gross Income certifications are filed annually.
Effective date of implementation of AGI limitation.
Noncompliance with AGI provisions, either by exceeding the
applicable limitation or by failure to submit a certification and
consent for disclosure statement, will result in the determination
of ineligibility for all program benefits subject to AGI provisions;
program benefits shall be reduced in an amount that is commensurate
with the direct and indirect interest held by an ineligible person
or legal entity in any legal entity, general partnership, or joint
operation that receives benefits subject to the average AGI
Communication is Key in Lending
The 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
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:
Farm Loan Manager:
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).