Stabilizing farm income, helping farmers conserve land and water resources, providing credit to new or disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and helping farm operations recover from the effects of disaster are the missions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA). FSA was set up when the Department was reorganized in 1994; though its name has changed over the years, the Agency's relationship with farmers goes back to the 1930s. At that time, Congress set up a unique system under which Federal farm programs are administered locally. Farmers who are eligible to participate in these programs elect a three- to five-person county committee, which reviews county office operations and makes decisions on how to apply the programs. This grassroots approach gives farmers a much-needed say in how Federal actions affect their communities and their individual operations. After more than 60 years, it remains a cornerstone of FSA's efforts to preserve and promote American agriculture.
The Farm Service Agency accomplished several targeted goals in the past fiscal year. To highlight those achievements, FSA published IMPACTS, an accomplishments document that you can view online. FSA Impacts 2016
2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Conservation Reserve program (CRP) and in recognition of this milestone; FSA has launched a commemorative website. The web address is www.fsa.usda.gov/CRPis30
. We hope you'll visit the site often to take an interactive, cross-country tour and see the nationwide impact of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) unfold virtually over the next several months.
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Blogs regarding the Discrimination Claims of Hispanic and Women Farmers
To inquire about filing a claim, call 1-888-508-4429 or visit www.farmerclaims.gov
Farm Loan Program's (FLP) new webpage has been launched! The new FLP Webpage is located at the following URL: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/dafl
View the FSA webpage regarding the SURE payment calculator at the link above. At this page, under the "Tools" section, you will be able to download the SURE payment calculator and view instructions for using the SURE payment calculator.
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for additional information and other USDA benefits.
USDA-Illinois State Farm Service Agency
3500 Wabash Ave.
Springfield, Illinois 62711-8287
Phone: (217) 241-6600 Ext.2
Fax: (855) 800-1760