Make time to re-charge and re-set with farmer-peers at the young and beginning farmer forums. Anyone up to 40 years of age or in their first 10 years of farming is welcome to attend the free learning workshops. FCI will announce its new FreshRoots young and beginning farmers program following the program.
Falling behind on the annual changes to the federal crop insurance program can mean farmers are leaving money on the table. Before renewing existing policies, talk with your agent about how the changes can affect your operation.
December 2017-January 2018 snowfall is well above previous season levels. However, portions of Illinois and parts of the Plains have slipped into drought stages. If conditions in the Plains continue, Illinois farmers should keep an eye out for this drought to spread north and east from June-August.
The Price Check listing includes sales results of 61 different parcels of farmland reported since October. These sales are from public auctions which concluded with successful bids; they represent 5,309 total acres in 23 different counties selling for a grand total of $38.1 million with an average price of $4,020 per acre. The sales ranged from a high of $13,500 per acre for 83 acres in Morgan County to a low of $2,050 per acre for 100 acres in Pulaski County.
FCI's farmdoc endowment now provides more than $30,000 of program support annually on behalf of its cooperative membership to a cutting-edge initiative which provides tools and resources to equip farmers to make better farm management decisions, especially during the tightening of today's Illinois farm economy.
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.
Enter to Win One of 10 Winter Road Assistance Kits
Drawing to be held February 20
The AAA 65-Piece Winter Severe Weather Road Assistance Kit is specially designed to deal with cold-weather emergencies. This economical kit has all the basics to keep you warm and assist in fighting ice and snow.