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Illinois News Releases

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Dan Puccetti

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  1. Deadline Fast Approaching for Conservation Reserve Program General Signup

    Tue Jul 20, 2021 03:03 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois July 20, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Illinois is reminding producers and landowners that the signup deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) current general signup is fast approaching. Eligible producers must submit their offers by July 23, 2021.

  2. USDA to Provide Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers for Animal Losses

    Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:28 AM

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, July 15, 2021— Livestock and poultry producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing can apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack announced the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP) in remarks at the National Pork Industry Conference in Wisconsin Dells, WI.   The announcement is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.  Livestock and poultry producers can apply for assistance through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) July 20 through September 17, 2021.

  3. USDA Announces Dates for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands Signups

    Wed Jul 14, 2021 03:29 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, July 14, 2021 –– Agricultural producers and landowners in Illinois can apply for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup from today until August 20.  This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated signup options to provide greater incentives for producers and increased the program’s conservation and climate benefits, including setting a minimum rental rate and identifying two national priority zones.

  4. USDA Designates Six Illinois Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Sun Jul 11, 2021 10:03 AM

    This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans.  Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.  FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.  Illinois FSA requests that producers wait until the crop is harvested before inquiring about emergency loan assistance.

  5. Farm Service Agency Now Accepting Nominations for County Committee Members

    Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:31 AM

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 22, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) began accepting nominations for county committee members on June 15.  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 2021 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by August 2, 2021.

  6. USDA Reminds Illinois Producers to File Crop Acreage Reports

    Thu Jun 17, 2021 03:52 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 16, 2021 – Agricultural producers in Illinois who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after planting should make an appointment with their U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) office before the applicable deadline.

  7. USDA Opens Signup for CLEAR30, Expands Pilot to Be Nationwide

    Wed Jun 16, 2021 02:45 PM

    30-Year Option Focuses on Improving Water Quality

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 16, 2021 – Landowners and agricultural producers currently enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) now have a wider opportunity to enroll in a 30-year contract through the Clean Lakes, Estuaries, And Rivers initiative, called CLEAR30. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expanding CLEAR30 – a water-quality focused option available through CRP – to be nationwide now.

  8. USDA Announces Dates for Conservation Reserve Program General and Grasslands Signups

    Tue Jun 15, 2021 01:30 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 15, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set a July 23, 2021, deadline for agricultural producers and landowners to apply for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General signup 56.  Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications for CRP Grasslands from July 12 to August 20. This year, USDA updated both signup options to provide greater incentives for producers and increase its conservation benefits, including reducing the impacts of climate change.

  9. USDA to Begin Payments for Producers Impacted by 2018 and 2019 Natural Disasters

    Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:53 AM

    Producers to Receive Assistance through the Quality Loss Adjustment Program and Additional Assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 14, 2021 – More than $1 billion in payments will be released over the next several weeks starting June 15 for agricultural producers with approved applications for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program and for producers who have already received payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+).  These U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs provide disaster assistance to producers who suffered losses to 2018 and 2019 natural disasters.

  10. Producers with Crop Insurance to Receive Premium Benefit for Cover Crops

    Wed Jun 2, 2021 02:08 PM

    New Pandemic Cover Crop Program Helps Producers Continue Cover Crop Systems

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 2, 2021 – Agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premium benefit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) if they planted cover crops during this crop year. The Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP), offered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), helps farmers maintain their cover crop systems, despite the financial challenges posed by the pandemic.