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.
Illinois Farm Service Agency State Committee
Pictured left to right:
Chairperson, Jill Appell, SED, Scherrie V. Giamanco, Member, Joyce Matthews, Member, Gordon Stine, Member, Brenda Hill, Member, Gerardo (Jerry) Jimenez
The State Committee responsibilities cover four major areas. They consist of the FSA and CCC commodity and conservation programs, COC operations, policy determinations and information available to public.
The State Committee, in conjunction with the SED, in carrying out responsibilities, determine and advise the COC’s of applicable program and administrative policies as authorized by: applicable regulations, instructions and procedures. This may involve applying national programs to meet local needs and conditions and exercising judgment based on the effect of program rules on producers.
For additional information on State and County Organization and Administration see: 16-AO (Revision 3).
For additional Organizational Structure please visit our FSA Structure and Organization webpage.
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.
Introducing FSAfarm+ -- FSA’s Customer Self-Service Portal --
A fast and easy way to access your FSA farm information, plus a lot more!
Contact your FSA County office for additional details and about obtaining eAuth Level 2 access to USDA.
To have news releases sent directly to your email go to the FSA subscription page.
Get the Latest Info on the Farm Bill
Are you interested in FSA's Loan program and have questions.
Check out the FSA's Guide to Farm Loans.
This guidebook simplifies information on the types of farm loans available; how to apply for a guaranteed loan, direct loan, or land contract guarantee; what you can expect once you submit your application; and most importantly, your rights and responsibilities as an FSA customer.
Farm Loan Program’s (FLP) new webpage has been launched! The new webpage is located at the following URL: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/dafl
FSA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment -- Can Help Producers Get Products to Market Quickly.
FSA provides a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments, are designed to help producers, including new, small and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets. For more information, check out FSA's Farm Storage Facility Loan Program.
Launching the Celebration – 30 Years of Conservation
2015 marked 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.
Illinois Drought Information
All News Releases can be found by selecting the link “State News Releases” under Browse by subject on the left of each corresponding page.
All State Office Newsletters can be found by selecting the link “Newsletters” under Browse by subject on the left of each corresponding page.
Contact your local FSA Office 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