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  1. USDA Reminds Illinois Producers to Complete Crop Acreage Reports

    Thu Jul 2, 2020 11:15 AM

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, July 2, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds Illinois producers to complete crop acreage reports by the applicable deadline for their county. Acreage reporting dates vary by crop and by county. Contact your FSA county office for a list of acreage reporting deadlines by crop.

  2. USDA Adds Digital Options for Farmers and Ranchers to Apply for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    Mon Jun 29, 2020 03:12 PM

    Online portal, e-signature tool enables producers to apply from anywhere

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 29, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency will now accept applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through an online portal, expanding the options available to producers to apply for this program, which helps offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronavirus pandemic. FSA is also leveraging commercial document storage and e-signature solutions to enable producers to work with local service center staff to complete their applications from home.

  3. June 30 Last Day to Complete Enrollment for 2020 Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage Programs

    Thu Jun 11, 2020 03:46 PM

    Call Today About 2020 Crop Year Eligibility

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 11, 2020 – Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2020 must do so by June 30, 2020.  Although program elections for the 2020 crop year remain the same as elections made for 2019, all producers need to contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to sign a 2020 enrollment contract.

  4. Farm Service Agency County Committee Nominations Open June 15

    Thu Jun 11, 2020 03:24 PM
    #LeadYourFSA and be the Voice of Farmers in Your Community

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 11, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on Monday, June 15, 2020. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for these members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. All nomination forms for the 2020 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2020.

  5. Op-Ed: Farmers, Ranchers and Private Forest Landowners Use Conservation to Protect Pollinator Habitat, Boost Crop Production

    Thu Jun 11, 2020 01:12 PM
    Op-Ed By, William Graff, USDA FSA State Executive Director, and Ivan Dozier, USDA NRCS State Conservationist in Illinois

    The next time you snack on almonds, add blueberries to your smoothie or eat pumpkin pie, thank a pollinator and thank farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners who work hard to create and maintain their habitat.

    Pollinators, such as honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, birds, bats, flies and many others, play a critical role in crop production.  Without pollinators, we wouldn’t have many crops.