It's time again for the Focus on Farming calendar contest - beginning today and ending Aug. 24, 2017.
FCI is looking for photo entries from all four seasons of the year showing agriculture and rural life at its best. A maximum of five entries per photographer.Your photo could be selected to appear in FCI's 2018 Focus on Farming calendar.
New Director Appointed Following AgriBank Election
Long-time FCI board member Dale Crawford was recently elected to serve on the AgriBank Board of Directors. To fill his vacant seat until the cooperative's next annual meeting election, David Haase of Iroquois County was appointed. Ever considered serving on Farm Credit's Nominating Committee or Board of Directors? If so, fill out a candidate interest form to submit your name and information by July 15.
As the agriculture reset continues, successful business owners and managers are making decisions not just to survive, but to position their operation for opportunity. These critical strategies in crucial moments can be the difference makers for the future of these agribusinesses.
Fulfilling a childhood dream, Bill Bass has grown his family's Union County orchard into a thriving specialty business selling produce, meat, and flowers directly to consumers. With two retail locations and stands at various farmers markets, Bass Farms provides fresh products to southern Illinois.
Sherri Tomhave, crop insurance product and training specialist at FCI, explains the USDA's Risk Management Agency's determination that it will be practical to plant corn during the 2017 late plant period.
The Ag Economy Barometer measures the health of the U.S. agriculture economy with an index value based on a survey of agricultural producers on economic sentiment. A score of 100 means producer sentiment is unchanged from the six-month baseline research period; a score higher than 100 means sentiment improved from the base period; a score lower than 100 means sentiment declined versus the base period.
In a world plagued by email hackers, FCI strives to protect members' confidential information. Instead of sending unsecured information via email, FCI uses a cloud service called ShareFile to send and receive files. To create an account, simply visit with your local Farm Credit office and follow a few steps on your desktop computer.
Meet Dave Ragan, the Senior Appraiser based in the Effingham regional office. Dave was raised on a farm in Effingham County and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in agriculture economics. Dave joined the FCI appraisal team in 2012 after operating his own appraisal service for 20 years.
Farm Credit Illinois is maintaining a list of upcoming farmland auctions in the Association's 60-county marketplace. If you have an auction to include, please submit a form at www.farmcreditIL.com/auctioninfo or send a web link of the auction sale bill to info@farmcreditIL.com.
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