Area Farmers Can Benefit from New USDA Microloan Program

Do you need new portable grain storage and handling equipment but are not sure if you can afford it? If so, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a deal that you may want to consider! Available through the Farm Storage Facility Loan program, the USDA recently announced a new financing option for producers that are interested in purchasing portable storage and handling equipment. This new loan program’s main goal is to assist farmers, particularly new or small to mid-sized farmers, grow their respective businesses.

The heart of this new financing program is being termed a “microloan” option. Mainly for producers seeking a smaller loan and needing a smaller down payment, a microloan allows applicants to apply for a loan of less than $50,000 and pay a reduced down payment of 5 percent. In addition, there is no obligation to provide three years of farm production history or inability to secure commercial credit in order to apply.

Larger farming operations that may not be eligible to participate in the microloan program still have the traditional loan option available to them. Participants of the traditional loan program must pay a down payment of 15 percent but are able to request loans of up to $500,000. Loan terms vary, depending on the amount of the loan, as do interest rates. If you are interested in more information on either the microloan or traditional loan, please visit the USDA website or your local Farm Service Agency office.

Whether you opt for the microloan or traditional loan, as soon as your loan is secured, come visit the professional team at FS Construction Services. We at FS Construction Services are proud to provide our customers the very best in both permanent and portable grain handling and storage systems. Whether you need bin wells, conveyors or augers, we will work with you to be sure you have the proper tools you need to most efficiently handle and transfer your crop.

You can depend on Gateway FS Construction Services to provide you the grain storage and handling systems that you need most, when you need it.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let our specialists help you choose a portable grain handling or storage system to meet your specific needs.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Considering A New Wood or Steel Building? Consider FS!

Considering a new building for your farm, business or storage needs and can’t decide on wood or steel? Both are durable, ­­­­cost effective and can easily accommodate your needs. At FS Construction Services, our experts offer a wide variety of planning, design and construction options and will help answer all your questions. Both structure types are strong, sturdy and can be particularly beneficial in providing much needed space for manufacturing, storage, offices and more. Here is a building solution we developed for a customer:

Recently constructed by FS Construction Services, this versatile wood building is built on a four-foot foundation wall. With a two-story office area, this structure has enough space to fit an airplane! Completely with a 20’ x 16’ steel-backed and insulated door on one end and a 14’ x 16’ steel-backed and insulated door on the other, this building allows for oversized loads to be easily brought in and exit the facility. The exact specifications for this building were: 80’x152’x18’ total building and, a 24’x27’ office space. This unique structure was custom designed and built to our clients demanding needs and the highest possible quality standards.   Basically, it delivered exactly what the client needed.

There are three major benefits of constructing a wood frame building with us:

1.    Flexibility – Wood or Steel. We’ll help identify the right solution for you.
2.    Custom Design – Our experts can help design a solution to fit your exact needs.
3.    Construction Experts – Let the FS Construction team put our experience to work for you.

If a new building is in your future, call FS Construction Services, and you will receive these ultimate benefits with absolutely no red tape. When working with us, you have the freedom to design and layout your building to your liking including our vast roofing and siding material and color options. At FS Construction Services, it is our priority to provide you with the best building construction, no questions asked.

This is just one of a variety of buildings we can deliver for you. At Gateway FS Construction Services, we are here to build you what you want, when you want it, all while keeping as much money as possible in your pocket and guaranteeing you the latest construction technology. For more information regarding wood building construction, please do not hesitate to contact us at 866-551-3454. We look forward to providing you with the best customer service experience.

You’re Covered With Our Metal Roofing Options

Does your home or one of your farm buildings need a new roof, new siding or both? Give FS Construction Services a call today! At FS Construction Services, we offer a wide array of services, including high quality metal roofing and siding options that are sure to meet whatever needs you may have. Along with our partner, Fabral, we can provide metal roofing and siding designed to last decades without losing its aesthetic appeal.

Completely re-roofed by the metal roofing and siding specialists at FS Construction Services, this lovely home now has a functional and beautiful charcoal gray Fabral metal roof. After removing the shingles, the FS Construction Services team installed a 26 gauge, Horizon S, standing seam metal roof by Fabral. This new, impressive 5,000 square foot metal roof project also included the fitting of a Snow Break roof rail system and seamless gutters. Finishing off this job, our craftsmen installed LP Smartside siding, soffit and fascia. The customers were thrilled with the new look of their home and the no maintenance durability as well.

Whether you are looking for new metal roofing or siding for your home, barn, business, or other building, we at FS Construction Services are here to make your job of selecting your new siding or roof easier. Together with our partner Fabral, we provide the finest quality of metal roofing and siding available with the widest variety of colors and finishes from which to choose. Not only will you have the best, most durable metal roofing or siding product offered, it will also be the most attractive. Also, be sure to ask about the $500 Energy Star tax credit. Fabral Energy Star approved metal roofs qualify for this energy efficiency tax credit.

At FS Construction Services, we are here to provide you with roofing and siding that you want – on time and on budget. As one of Southern Illinois premiere builders, Gateway FS Construction Services seeks to give you the best siding and roofing options at the best possible price. For more information regarding your roofing and/or siding needs, please do not hesitate to contact us at 866-551-3454. We look forward to providing you with the best customer service experience.

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Fall Harvest Forecast: Temporary Grain Storage

For years, grain experts have been predicting that, based on the current projection of grain production and usage, a grain storage shortage was imminent. For years, corn and soybean production has been outpacing permanent grain storage capacity. Now it appears that prediction has at last come true with the 2016 crop. While the good news is that United States farmers will harvest a record amount of grain this fall, the bad news is that farmers lack the permanent grain storage necessary to properly and safely store their predicted 2016 bumper crops.


Experts currently estimate that the 2016 corn and soybean harvest will exceed the storage space available by approximately 20-22%. This means that harvest crops will be in temporary storage until perhaps past January. The unknown variable impacting the length of time that temporary storage is needed is the amount of rainfall. For most producers, this means they will have to store their crops in outdoor piles, both tarped and non-tarped, depending on the potential estimated loss. Temporary outdoor storage needs to be constructed as soon as possible as the harvest season is quickly approaching.

While it appears that utilizing temporary storage this fall seems unavoidable, the team at FS Construction Services is here to help you plan long-term and ensure you meet all of your future permanent grain storage needs. At FS Construction Services, along with our partners GSI, Sukup and Brock, we offer the best in grain storage systems. By planning now, FS Construction Services can work with you to choose the best permanent grain storage system for you. We provide a variety of permanent storage options including water-resistant roofs, structurally sound sidewalls, wide-mouth fill holes, and more.   By choosing a grain storage option with FS Construction Services, you can be confident that your grain will be safely and securely stored until you are ready to take it to market.

Whatever your grain storage needs, you can count on our professional team at Gateway FS Construction Services. Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let us help you meet your specific grain storage requirements. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.